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Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 2006 (USA)
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Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.



(screenplay), (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Haberman ...
Sue Maclean
Ron Goode
Alex Diaz ...
Kid #1
Kid #2
Kid #3 (as Courtney Burness)
Kid #4 (as Jordan Orr)


The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's no smoke without liars. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gracias por fumar  »

Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$262,923 (USA) (17 March 2006)


$24,792,061 (USA) (8 September 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A few characters in this film have alliterative names: Nick Naylor, Heather Holloway, Bobby Jay Bliss, and Lorne Lutch (aka Marlboro Man). This is similar to the naming customs for certain comic book heroes, particularly the Marvel gang (Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Reed Richards, etc.), which is a noteworthy coincidence because many of this movie's actors have been in comic book based movies or TV shows (including cartoon voices): Katie Holmes in Batman Begins (2005), Aaron Eckhart in that movie's sequel, The Dark Knight (2008), J.K. Simmons in three "Spider-Man" movies, Maria Bello in A History of Violence (2005), William H. Macy in Mystery Men (1999) and Superman: Where There's Smoke (1998) (which, as a further coincidence, has a title similar to this movie), Sam Elliott in Hulk (2003) and Ghost Rider (2007), Cameron Bright in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Melora Hardin in The Rocketeer (1991), Todd Louiso in Iron Man: Iron Man, on the Inside (1995), Marianne Muellerleile in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: The People vs. Lois Lane (1996), and in Kim Dickens in Fear the Walking Dead (2015). In addition, Marc Scizak (one of the ski masked men) had performed stunts in several such productions. See more »


The owner of the tobacco company in this film is addicted to tobacco. But in real life, the Big Tobacco bosses and owners don't smoke or use the stuff that they sell to others! (They are whom Nick actually represents in the film.) See more »


[first lines]
Joan Lunden: Robin Williger. He is a 15 year old freshman from Racine, Wisconsin. He enjoys studying history; he's on the debate team. Robin's future looked very, very bright. But recently he was diagnosed with cancer, a very tough kind of cancer. Robin tells me he has quit smoking, though, and he no longer thinks that cigarettes are "cool."
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are styled to appear as cigarette boxes. See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.144 (2013) See more »


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Composed and Performed by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
Courtesy of Palisades Music Productions
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born for secret stardom
4 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hate to say it. but this movie is gonna fail in the box office. for the same reason no one showed up to its screening. but this will be one of the most entertaining cult movies ever. although it lacks the glam and actually will turn a lot of people away before they even get to the box office do to the subject matter, but they will all be missing out on a hilariously made movie. I don't think i've laughed this hard in a long long time. this movie isn't really intended to be anti-smoking propaganda, but there is some of it. Its more of a satire on the reality of people and how much we're willing to believe or willing to be dooped. I see it similar to liar liar not being about about the legal system but the moral and ethical decisions of people within society. overall I would have to saw this is a great great movie. Highly recommend it. And could not imagine this movie to turn out any better than it has already been with the perfect cast and great story line. I think the best way to encompass the movie is paraphrased in the movie's catchy advertising line the main character, Nick Naylor doesn't lie, he filters the truth.

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