Casino Jack

Synopsis: A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.
Director(s): George Hickenlooper
Production: ATO Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

You know, I do a sh*t load of

reading and studying and praying

and I've come to a few

conclusions I wanna share.

People look at politicians

and celebrities on the TV and

the newspapers... glossy

magazines, what do they see?

"I am just like them."

That's what they say.

"I'm special. I'm different.

I can be anyone of them."

Well, guess what? You can't!

You know why? Cause in reality,

mediocrity's where most people lived.

Mediocrity is the elephant

of the room. Ubiquitous!

Mediocrity's in your schools, it's

in your dreams, it's in your family.

Those of us who knows this,

those of us who understand

the disease of the dull,

we do something about it.

We do more because we have to. The

deck was always stack against us.

You're either a big

leader or you're a slave

clawing your way onto the sea train.

Some people said Jack Abramoff moved

too fast, Jack Abramoff cuts corner.

Well, I said to them,

if that's the difference

between me and my

family having a good life

and walking the news in the

subway everyday... then so be it.

I'll not allowed my family to be slaves.

I will not allowed the world

I touched to be vanilla.

You said I'm selfish, f*** you!

I gave back, I gave back plenty.

You said I've got a

big ego? F*** you twice!

I'm humbly grateful, for the

wonderful gifts that I received

here in America... the

greatest country on this planet.

I'm Jack Abramoff, and oh

yeah, I worked out every day.

Mr. Sprague? Susan Schmidt

of the Washington Post.

-Find it alright?

-Yeah, thanks for seeing me.

I've got a lot of questions for you.

-Jack Abramoff, right?

-I hear he was charging

the tribe an exorbitant fees.

-30 million or more.

-So, I guess you've met

his partner Mike Scanlon too?

Oh yeah, he's a real cowboy.

Looks like they might

be in some troubles.






Hey, I've been calling

you all day, dude.

-Where are you?

-I'm in L.A.

What the f*** are you doing in

L.A.? Our world's collapsing here.

Wait! What have you heard?

Are you going to be indicted?

Like a federal marshall

is looking for me, okay.

-I had a hundred media calls today.

-We're under horrific assault from the

-workforce, that isn't our culture.

-I know... I know,

Hey, you're the only one

that returned my call.

The president probably destroying

every picture he ever took with you.

Well, you're no one in this

town until you've met us.

That isn't funny, Jack.

Don't f***ing mess with my qi here.

I'm serious. We're

super f*** here, okay.

They're calling us the

new Watergate, Jack!

We're about to be on the nightly news.

Step up to the line.

Dear Mr. President, I write you

this petition with hope and prayers.

As a man of faith, I've come to

see God moves in mysterious way.

After we're born, he gave

us the choice of two paths.

-Please don't smile.

-I am not smiling.

Accept the world the way it is.

Or see it for how we

might want it to be.

I need a right.


To me, the choice was obvious.

How long you'll be holding me here?

You can get that

information from your lawyer.

I do get my own cell, right?

I only eat kosher, okay.

You do serve kosher!?

Mr. Abramoff, this is a federal

holding facility. It is not kosher.

Jack Abramoff.


What are you in for, Snake?

Assault and battery, resisting

arrest... chicken sh*t

... things like that. How about you?

Oh me? I work in D.C.

-I am a lobbyist.

-Lobbyist. That against the law?


- Noun

legislation on behalf

of a special interest.

to influence public

officials to take a desired action.

Two Years Earlier...

Next to God, faith and country,

nothing's more important than influence.

Political influence.

Influences with the powerful

is like the influence with God.

Without it, there's only

eternal hellfire, damnation

and congressional log jam.

Here, the influence we wield is more

important than the air you breathe.

As a licensed lobbyist

I'm legally allowed

to accept money from special interests

in order to influence

Congress on their behalf.

I'm essentially a conduit to

motivating sleepy lawmakers

into getting bills passed

and legislations done.

He's extremely anxious to

knows what's in your bills.

The reality is, without

lobbyists the wheels of WA

would come to a grinding halt.

How much do you looking

to requisite about?

Can you tell me that in dollars term?

Why? Because the most

powerful Members of Congress

relied on lobbyists like me

for information to

guide them on how to vote

and how they vote sometimes required

taking them on facts finding mission.

Like House Majority leader

Tom Delay we brought to the

Northern Mariana islands

in the South Pacific.

A U.S. territory,

where my textile clients

produced American-made designer clothes

without having to pay minimum wage.

Well, these folks seems

happy. How are you?

-I felt good,

thank you. -Uh-huh.

We should be able to vote

favorably on this, Jack.

For example, your top

of the line stone-wash

jeans can stay on sale for $19.95-

Simply because labor costs

in the Marianas remained low.

Jack's pushing Mr. Delay hard

to make sure the minimum wage

legislation stay off

Congresses schedule.

Hey, you troglodytes, will you

make sure that Delay gets the latest

export numbers from Willy in case

the Senate tries to kill this thing.

Oui, mon capitan!

Lobbying is nothing more than

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