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Thank You for Smoking (2005) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

Nick is shown flying from Washington D.C. to Greensboro, North Carolina (the airport closest to Winston-Salem) on a wide body jet. No wide body has served this route since the 1970s.
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Anachronisms 

When Bobby Jay Bliss enters a National Guard recruiting office in 1971, modern cars are reflected in the door.
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Character error 

Heather's eyes are brown throughout the movie, but when Billy first describes her to Nick he says she has blue eyes.
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Polly Bailey, is introduced on the cover of "Daily Drinker" as "Mother Burgandy," a common misspelling of "burgundy".
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During a meeting of the "MOD" squad, Polly Bailey mentions her upcoming appearance on Dateline NBC. Bobby Jay Bliss asks if Diane Sawyer or Sam Donaldson will do the interview, and Polly replies "Sawyer." None of this makes much sense because both of those reporters work for ABC not NBC.
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Jeff Megall and his agency would be able to sue Nick Naylor and the Academy of Tobacco Studies for disclosing their private conversation to a reporter.
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Continuity 

During the MoD squad meeting, when Polly takes a bite of the pie she messes the cheese up, but in the next scene it's fine. Also, when Nick sees the cheese on top of the pie it is not melted, but when he pauses to think and stares at the pie, the cheese is clearly melted around the edges.
When Nick's ex-wife and son visit Nick after the Heather Holloway article, he first talks to his wife from behind his closed door. At this time he has stubble on his face from not shaving. When he answers the door - and for the rest of the scene - he is clean-shaved.
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During the MoD meeting, Bobby is shown wearing a tie with a very distinct pattern; in a later shot, his tie doesn't match.
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After Nick testifies before the Senate committee he leaves his son Joey in the hearing room. When Nick steps out of the building Joey is inexplicably at his side.
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When Senator Ortolan K. Finistirre is speaking with Dennis Miller, the senator's tie pin (which Miller mentions) is alternately present and missing between shots.
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In the hospital cafeteria when Bobby tries to give Nick the handgun, his finger jumps from inside to outside the trigger guard between shots.
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After Heather's article runs, Nick Naylor talks with his son over a glass Coke bottle whose content increases between shots.
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When Nick is talking to BR, the latter suddenly gains glasses between camera angles.
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When Nick is testifying before the Senate committee, there is a man in the front row behind him. In the next shot, a woman is sitting in that seat. Then, one shot later, the man reappears.
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When Polly is arguing with Nick about cigarettes and alcohol, in one shot her hair is tucked behind her ear. Then in the next shot her hair is covering her ear. Then in the last shots of her, Polly's hair is tucked back behind her ear.
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When Nick is giving the stats of how many people cigarettes have killed, the 1 appears in the millions place before the scrolling numbers hit 999,999.
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During the MoD squad meeting, when Polly dips a piece of bread in her food it is a short piece of bread. She lifts it to her mouth and it is a new long slice. Next shot (seen from the side), it's short again.
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During the second MoD squad meeting when Bobby Jay is talking about the Boeing pilot, Polly's right hand is on the table and her left hand is high and empty. Change of camera angle and we see her lower a glass to the table.
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At the end of the second MoD squad meeting when they are talking about Heather Holloway, Nick's fork inexplicably moves to his right hand.
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In the dinner scene with Heather Holloway and Nick Naylor, Heather's glass of wine magically becomes more full.
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The back seat armrest when Nick and The Captain are talking in the Rolls Royce.
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In the scene where Nick is riding in the Rolls-Royce with Robert Duvall, there are at least three different Rolls-Royces used. In the first shot of the exterior of the car, we see a standard Rolls Royce Silver Cloud in profile. In the interior scene(s), it is clear that there is an opera window in the "C" pillar behind Duvall. In the last exterior view of the car, it's clear that the same "C" pillar had no opera window in it and there is no rear door quarter window as there is in the first shot of the RR's exterior and the roof profile is entirely different in the first and last exterior shots.
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Errors in geography 

When Heather watches Nick on TV, out the window is a sky-scraper. No such structures exist in Washington, DC, because of building height restrictions. Director Jason Reitman points this out in the commentary.
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Factual errors 

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.)
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During one conversation it is stated that Nick's used to be a quarterback for the (Boston) Bruins. The Bruins are and ice hockey team, not a football team. For this statement to have the same meaning the team would either needed to be changed to the (New England) Patriots or the position changed to an equally important one in ice hockey.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Nick asks Jeff if lighting a cigarette would blow up in an all oxygen environment he responds "probably", his response is only speculation not based on fact because he has no experience in physics, chemistry and astronomy.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Heather Holloway drops the files while watching TV footage of Nick discussing her article, the computer monitors on everyone's desks clearly have no cables plugged into them, making them useless.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When the Academy of Tobacco Studies closes, the sign being dismantled is different from the one shown in the beginning.
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Errors in geography 

The Captain's funeral is held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A limos has a bumper labeled TCP-54321. Transportation Charter Party is a uniquely Californian designation issued to limos by the CA Public Utilities Commission.
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Miscellaneous 

When the tobacco industry agree to pay $256 billion, the courtroom clip on the screen shows the trial of Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn, Detroit policemen accused of murder in the death of a man named Malice Green in 1992, which is fairly iconic footage in Detroit history.
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Revealing mistakes 

In hospital, 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.
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