Fairly appropriate for Election Day, and sadly as we mourn the film's director, George Hickenlooper, we present you with the official poster for the political comedy 'Casino Jack.' The one-sheet features Kevin Spacey, who stars as corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, front and center amidst a red-white-and-blue-themed design. Also showcased are co-stars Kelly Preston, Barry Pepper (as Mike Scalon, coupled with another glimpse at Spacey) and Jon Lovitz, who looks quite miserable in a neck brace. Hickenlooper, who died suddenly this past Saturday, gets proper recognition for what is unfortunately his final film. His name is very prominently and largely printed in two separate spots.
With 'Casino Jack' Hickenlooper dramatizes the true story of the Abramoff scandal in a way that's surprisingly balanced and fun, according to Scott Weinberg's review from the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie premiered in September. You'll "have a ball watching Kevin Spacey and Barry Pepper sleazing their way through Norman Snider's quick, concise, witty screenplay," he writes before also acknowledging that Hickenlooper's experience as a documentary filmmaker ('Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse,' 'Mayor of the Sunset Strip') seems to have been a factor in how objective his approach is with this film's subject matter.
George Hickenlooper's 'Casino Jack' Poster
While in Toronto with 'Casino Jack,' Hickenlooper took part in a made-for-television documentary called 'Committed: The Toronto International Film Festival,' in which Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick followed four filmmakers as they promoted, screened and attempted to sell their works at the fest. Hickenlooper was one of the four making the rounds with this film. And even if it didn't now have a melancholy existence as the director's last official onscreen film appearance, it's definitely worth watching for his humble narrative alone (AMC is re-airing the special tomorrow morning, so set your DVR).
As for his last film, you can watch the trailer below, and check out 'Casino Jack' in theaters beginning December 17, 2010.