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Thank You for Smoking -- 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.
Thank You for Smoking -- Clip: You're not gonna like this
Thank You for Smoking -- 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.
Thank You for Smoking -- Clip: Are you familiar with the term B.S.?
Thank You for Smoking -- Clip: How do you feel about the future?

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Writers (WGA):
Jason Reitman (screenplay)
Christopher Buckley (novel)
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Release Date:
14 April 2006 (USA) See more »
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America is living in spin See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Lunden ... Herself
Eric Haberman ... Robin Williger

Aaron Eckhart ... Nick Naylor

Mary Jo Smith ... Sue Maclean

Todd Louiso ... Ron Goode

Jeff Witzke ... Kidnapper

J.K. Simmons ... BR

Marianne Muellerleile ... Teacher

Cameron Bright ... Joey Naylor
Alex Diaz ... Kid #1

Jordan Garrett ... Kid #2

Courtney Taylor Burness ... Kid #3 (as Courtney Burness)

Jordan Del Spina ... Kid #4 (as Jordan Orr)

Maria Bello ... Polly Bailey

David Koechner ... Bobby Jay Bliss

Kim Dickens ... Jill Naylor

Daniel Travis ... Brad

William H. Macy ... Senator Ortolan Finistirre
Katie Winslow ... Jeanette

Richard Speight Jr. ... Trainee

Eric Maldonado ... Tobacco Club Host

Robert Duvall ... Captain

Renée Graham ... Tiffany

Katie Holmes ... Heather Holloway

Adam Brody ... Jack

Timothy Dowling ... EGO Assistant

Rob Lowe ... Jeff Megall

Sam Elliott ... Lorne Lutch

Connie Ray ... Pearl

Dennis Miller ... Himself
Terry James ... Ski Mask #1

Marc Scizak ... Ski Mask #2

Rachel Thorp ... Flighty Girl

Karen Harrison ... Nurse

Aaron Lustig ... Doctor

Melora Hardin ... Interviewer

Brian Palermo ... FBI Agent (voice)

Michael Mantell ... Dr. Meisenbach
Tonyo Meléndez ... Mr. Herera (as Tonyo Melendez)

Spencer Garrett ... Senator Lothridge

Earl Billings ... Senator Dupree

Catherine Reitman ... Reporter #1

Sean Patrick Murphy ... Reporter #2

David O. Sacks ... Oil Lobbyist

Nancy O'Dell ... Herself (as Nancy Humphries O'Dell)

Roy Jenkins ... Debate Moderator

Howard Weitzman ... Gentleman #1

Bruce French ... Gentleman #2
Robert L. Richards ... Gentleman #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Buckley ... Man at Metro Station (uncredited)

Michael Calder ... Congressman (uncredited)
Dominick Cicco ... Workman (uncredited)

Jacques Derosena ... College Student (uncredited)
Jim R. Felton ... Tobacco Lobbyist (uncredited)
Lisa Gabriel ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Dana E. Glauberman ... Hotel Phone Operator (voice) (uncredited)

Eva La Dare ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)

Robert Malina ... Peter (uncredited)

Neil Patil ... Lab Technician (uncredited)

Aloma Wright ... Gizelle (voice) (uncredited)

James Younan ... Committee Attendee (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jason Reitman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jason Reitman (screenplay)

Christopher Buckley (novel)

Produced by
Eveleen Bandy .... associate producer (as Eveleen Anne Bandy)
Stephen Belafonte .... associate producer
Michael Beugg .... executive producer
David J. Bloomfield .... co-executive producer
Daniel Brunt .... co-producer
Alessandro Camon .... executive producer
Daniel Dubiecki .... co-producer
Max Levchin .... executive producer
Mindy Marin .... co-producer
Elon Musk .... executive producer
Michael R. Newman .... co-producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
David O. Sacks .... producer
John Schmidt .... executive producer
Peter Thiel .... executive producer
Mark Woolway .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
 
Cinematography by
Jim Whitaker (director of photography) (as James Whitaker)
 
Film Editing by
Dana E. Glauberman 
 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
 
Production Design by
Steve Saklad 
 
Set Decoration by
Kurt Meisenbach 
 
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
 
Makeup Department
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: Washington, D.C.
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup artist: Mr. Eckhart
John E. Jackson .... makeup department head
Marsha Lewis .... department head hair stylist
Maxine Morris .... key hair stylist
Robin L. Neal .... makeup artist: Mr. Duvall (as Robin Luce)
 
Production Management
Michael Beugg .... unit production manager
Bob Dohrmann .... production supervisor
Joe Fineman .... post-production supervisor
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sonia Bhalla .... second assistant director
Jason Blumenfeld .... first assistant director (as Jason A. Blumenfeld)
Scott David Brown .... second second assistant director (as Scott Brown)
Casey Mako .... second second assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... second second assistant director: Washington DC
Xanthus Valan .... second assistant director: Washington D.C.
 
Art Department
Terry Atchison .... assistant property master
Phil Brandes .... paint foreman
Mark Brooks .... on-set dresser
Carl Catanese .... lead man
Michael Crowe .... construction coordinator
Oliver Doering .... assistant property master
Casey B. Garrett .... propmaker
Theresa Greene .... art department coordinator
Paul Arthur Hartman .... leadman
Eric Hunsaker .... property master
Cindy Ingraham .... assistant property master
Eddie Lin .... storyboard artist
Greg O'Donohue .... set dresser
Steven Samanen .... assistant art director
Neal W. Zoromski .... property master
 
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... sound recordist
Josh Bower .... boom operator
Brad Bryan .... cable utility
Barney Cabral .... supervising adr editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richard Dwan)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... supervising dialogue editor
Melissa Hofman .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Stanley Johnston .... sound re-recording mixer
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... co-supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound designer
Robert Sharman .... utility sound
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa Hofmann)
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Virgil Sanchez .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects producer
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Heather Ignarro .... visual effects coordinator
Natasha Leonnet .... digital color timer (as Natasha Leonett)
Jack Lewars .... digital film colorist
Robert Lukacs .... compositor
Robert Malina .... visual effects editor
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Edward Quirk .... senior 3D artist
Tommy Tran .... compositor
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Terry James .... stunt coordinator
Rick Kain .... stunt driver
Marc Scizak .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Abramson .... key grip
Peter Albert .... digital video assist operator
Tony Ayala .... grip
Michael Baird .... key digital video assist operator
Gary C. Beaird .... grip
Patrick Brennan .... electrician
Donald Burghardt .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Dean Citroni .... key grip: second unit
Tim Clarke .... camera loader
Andy Colvin .... Steadicam operator: Washington DC
Ralph Coon .... electrician
Mike Delnero .... grip
Andy DePung .... film loader
Justin Fisher .... dolly grip (as Justin Deck)
Brett F. Gates .... second assistant camera
Tim Gillis .... electrician
Joe Guzman .... grip
Phil Hardt .... electrician
Maurice Jordan .... gaffer: re-shoot
Tom Lamont .... grip
Patrick Lennon .... gaffer
Tommy Lohmann .... Steadicam operator
Tommy Lohmann .... camera operator
Rudy Martinez .... electrician
Tony Martinez .... electrician
Charlie Newberry .... additional second assistant camera
Daniel Nichols .... camera operator
David Presley .... camera operator: video camera
Alex Reilly .... grip
Quinton Reilly .... best boy grip
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Blake Santoro .... grip
Lee Shapira .... grip: Washington D.C.
Conrad Sigurdson .... best boy electric
Shawn Stoddard .... dolly grip
Rick Strodel .... best boy grip: DC unit
Vladimir Tmayo .... electrician
Wayland Twiston-Davies .... video engineer
Nicole Hirsch Whitaker .... director of photography: second unit, Los Angeles (as Nicole Hirsch-Whitaker)
 
Casting Department
Kara Lipson .... casting associate
Laura Drake Mancini .... extras casting assistant
Betsy Royall .... local casting
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting: Los Angeles (as Tammy Smith)
Ember Truesdell .... casting associate
Dixie Webster .... extras casting: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Glick .... wardrobe supervisor
Laura E. Little .... key set costumer (as Laura Liz Little)
Marta Villalobos .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Yanosh Cuglove .... editorial intern
Esther Lee .... assistant digital intermediate producer
Jack Lewars .... digital colorist: Efilm
Robert Malina .... first assistant editor
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Lorene Simpson .... digital intermediate producer
Lisa Tutunjian .... digital intermediate editor
 
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Stephen Coleman .... music programmer
Trevor Gilchrist .... music programmer: score
Alison Litton .... music coordinator
Mateo Messina .... composer: additional music (as Matt Messina)
Curt Sobel .... music editor: temp music
Nick South .... music editor
Greg Townley .... scoring mixer
Alice Wood .... assistant music editor
Margaret Yen .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Mike Belt .... driver (as Michael R. Belt)
Alex E. Burns .... driver
Neil Chisholm .... driver: honeywagon
Jon Cosham .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Nathan Hardcastle .... transportation clerk
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Dennis Janovici .... transportation co-captain
Lee Jennings .... driver
Jerry Knight .... driver
Rogelio Loera .... driver
Josh Sarfaty .... personal driver: Mr. Eckhart
William Smallwood .... driver: production van
 
Other crew
Noor Ahmed .... production legal
Nino Aldi .... production assistant
Mike Artino .... set medic
Debbie Axel .... production legal
Gavin J. Behrman .... production accountant
Paul Bock .... assistant to cast
Paul Bock .... production assistant
Paul Bock .... production coordinator: re-shoot
Jen Buonantony .... production assistant
Jennifer Lynn Buonantony .... production assistant
Nicholas Carpenter .... additional set production assistant
Tara Chang .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Chickey .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Tara L. Craig .... assistant production office coordinator
Patrick Cunningham .... key set production assistant
Joe Dornich .... set production assistant
Michelle Ebert .... medical advisor
David Falicki .... set medic
Damiano Fusca .... craft service
Christopher Geair .... office production assistant: Washington, D.C. unit
Francis Hadinoto .... production assistant
Lisa Hagenmeyer .... assistant production coordinator: Washington, DC
Mike Hazlitt .... production consultant
Steven Hora .... assistant: Ed Pressman and Alessandro Camon
Jeff Johnson .... medic
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Dashiel Kulander .... production assistant
John Latenser V .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Jenny Lee .... title designer: main titles
Jonathan Leeder .... assistant to producer
Alyssa Loveall .... office production assistant (as Alyssa Houze)
Nathan Maruccio .... craft service
Christopher Miller .... location manager: Los Angeles
Phillip Montgomery .... assistant: Mr. Reitman
Trey Murphy .... production assistant
Matthew Dillon Noonan .... location production assistant
Valarie Payne .... assistant: Mr. Eckhart
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... assistant production coordinator
Sarah Ramey .... assistant: Edward R. Pressman
Benjamin R. Reder .... production legal
Jonathan Reich .... assistant location manager: Washington D.C.
Errol Reichow .... location scout: Los Angeles
Genaro Rodriguez .... caterer
Carlos Rodríguez .... chef
Ari Sachter-Zeltzer .... title designer: main titles
Traceigh Scottel .... production coordinator
Mary Anne Seward .... script supervisor
Rony Shino .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Gareth Smith .... title designer: main titles
Amy Smolev .... first assistant accountant
Eric J. Spiegelman .... production counsel
Marc E. Spivey .... insurance broker
Julie Stevens .... studio teacher
Shawn Tanaka .... assistant: William H. Macy
William Thompson .... personal fitness trainer
Joel Tokarsky .... payroll accountant
Francisco Trujillo .... chef
John Trujillo .... layout board
Drew Vandervelde .... production associate
Jeffrey Wank .... assistant: Mr. Sacks
Bob Weber .... post-production accountant
Adam Zadikoff .... assistant: Mr. Sacks, post-production
Matt Crabtree .... adr voice (uncredited)
Adam Kahn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Corey Trent Ackerman .... special thanks
Jagene Funk .... special thanks
Melissa Havard .... special thanks
Chad Hurley .... special thanks
Todd Molz .... special thanks
Peter Uhlmann .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Thank You Smoking" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexual content
Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Selected for the Deauville American Film Festival 2006.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In one of the hospital scenes, Nick is shown with an IV hooked up to a machine on a pole behind him. The machine, however, is actually a tube feeding pump, not an IV pump. There also isn't any tubing on it, or feeding solution, or IV solution.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
The Joan Lunden Show ThemeSee more »

FAQ

Did the real Marlboro Man die of cancer?
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173 out of 201 people found the following review useful.
"Thank You" for a good satire!, 25 March 2006
Author: Pax Whitmore from United States

First of all, sorry for the cheesy title. I couldn't help myself. Second of all, "Thank You for Smoking" is, in fact, a darn good satire - one of the best I've seen since "Election". Aaron Eckhart holds the picture together with a witty, charismatic performance as a tobacco lobbyist. The film is basically about his profession as he spins the news, pitches a movie idea, dodges a subpoena, has an affair with a reporter (Katie Holmes), tries to spend time with his son (Cameron Bright), and has lunch with an alcohol lobbyist (Maria Bello) and a firearms rep (David Koechner) - where they literally compare body counts. The performances are excellent across the board, from William H. Macy's crusading Senator to Rob Lowe's smirking Hollywood agent who struts around his office in a kimono. Even Adam Brody is enjoyable as Lowe's hyperactive assistant whose in-joke with a co-worker earned one of the biggest laughs of the movie.

The majority of the credit, however, needs to go to first-time feature director Jason (son of Ivan) Reitman. Adapting from Christopher Buckley's novel, Reitman has fashioned an enormously clever script, consistent and strong in character, yet not forgetting to be incredibly funny. The style is also perfect - brisk, light-hearted, with impeccable timing marred only by a tangental subplot including Sam Elliott that is, sadly, not very funny. Overall, however, the pace is fast enough where the laughs keep coming.

Reitman also does the unthinkable: he keeps the satire dark and funny to the very end. While most comedies stray blindly into the sentimental, "Thank You" avoids unnecessary emotional tripe and - thankfully - avoids sermonizing about the dangers of smoking or of the flaws of the political process. Eckhart's flawless performance and Reitman's wonderful screenplay anchor an uncommonly perceptive comedy, provided you take yours black. If you need a little cream and sugar, "Fun with Dick and Jane" might still be at the dollar theater.

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