Thank You for Smoking (2005) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.7/ 10 (132595 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for language and some sexual content

Production Company
ContentFilm [gb]
Room 9 Entertainment [us]
TYFS Productions LLC [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 9 September 2005
(USA) - 20 January 2006
(USA) - 17 March 2006
(USA) - 14 April 2006
(Ireland) - 16 June 2006

Running Time

America is living in spin There's no smoke without liars. "Do you know what time it is Tokyo right now?: 4 pm tomorrow. It's the future nick. " Don't hide the truth. Just filter it. There's no smoke without lies Where there's smoke, there's Nick Naylor For tobacco's Nick Naylor, it's just another day at the office Tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor is trying to SAVE YOU! If we can reach just one child, it was worth it Nick Naylor is the Chief Spokesman for Big Tobacco. If you want an easy job, go work for the Red Cross. tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor is trying to SAVE YOU! Tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor is keeping the torch of liberty alive Tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor is trying to SAVE YOUR ASH! Nick Naylor doesn't hide the truth. . . he filters it.

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Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses
CAM:Sony Betacam SP Camera
CAM:Sony T-1 MPEG-4
LAB:DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
LAB:EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA - (digital intermediate)
MET:2562 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak Vision2 250D 5205, Vision2 500T 5218)
PCS:Betacam SP - (source format)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (2K) (master format)
PCS:Panavision - (anamorphic) (source format)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Billings, Earl as [Senator Dupree] <41>
  2. Bright, Cameron as [Joey Naylor] <9>
  3. Brody, Adam (I) as [Jack] <25>
  4. Buckley, Christopher as (uncredited) [Man at Metro Station]
  5. Calder, Michael (I) as (uncredited) [Congressman]
  6. Cicco, Dominick as (uncredited) [Workman]
  7. Del Spina, Jordan as (as Jordan Orr) [Kid #4] <13>
  8. Derosena, Jacques as (uncredited) [College Student]
  9. Diaz, Alex (IV) as [Kid #1] <10>
  10. Dowling, Timothy (I) as [EGO Assistant] <26>
  11. Duvall, Robert as [Captain] <22>
  12. Eckhart, Aaron as [Nick Naylor] <3>
  13. Elliott, Sam (I) as [Lorne Lutch] <28>
  14. Felton, Jim R. as (uncredited) [Tobacco Lobbyist]
  15. French, Bruce (I) as [Gentleman #2] <48>
  16. Garrett, Jordan (I) as [Kid #2] <11>
  17. Garrett, Spencer (I) as [Senator Lothridge] <40>
  18. Haberman, Eric as [Robin Williger] <2>
  19. James, Terry (III) as [Ski Mask #1] <31>
  20. Jenkins, Roy (I) as [Debate Moderator] <46>
  21. Koechner, David as [Bobby Jay Bliss] <15>
  22. Louiso, Todd as [Ron Goode] <5>
  23. Lowe, Rob (I) as [Jeff Megall] <27>
  24. Lustig, Aaron as [Doctor] <35>
  25. Macy, William H. as [Senator Ortolan Finistirre] <18>
  26. Maldonado, Eric as [Tobacco Club Host] <21>
  27. Malina, Robert as (uncredited) [Peter]
  28. Mantell, Michael as [Dr. Meisenbach] <38>
  29. Meléndez, Tonyo as (as Tonyo Melendez) [Mr. Herera] <39>
  30. Miller, Dennis (I) as [Himself] <30>
  31. Murphy, Sean Patrick as [Reporter #2] <43>
  32. Palermo, Brian as (voice) [FBI Agent] <37>
  33. Patil, Neil as (uncredited) [Lab Technician]
  34. Richards, Robert L. (II) as [Gentleman #3] <49>
  35. Sacks, David O. as [Oil Lobbyist] <44>
  36. Scizak, Marc as [Ski Mask #2] <32>
  37. Simmons, J.K. as [BR] <7>
  38. Speight Jr., Richard as [Trainee] <20>
  39. Travis, Daniel (II) as [Brad] <17>
  40. Weitzman, Howard (I) as [Gentleman #1] <47>
  41. Witzke, Jeff as [Kidnapper] <6>
  42. Younan, James as (uncredited) [Committee Attendee]
  43. Bello, Maria as [Polly Bailey] <14>
  44. Burness, Courtney Taylor as (as Courtney Burness) [Kid #3] <12>
  45. Dickens, Kim as [Jill Naylor] <16>
  46. Dyer, Karen (I) as (uncredited) [Flight Attendant]
  47. Glauberman, Dana E. as (voice) (uncredited) [Hotel Phone Operator]
  48. Graham, Renée as [Tiffany] <23>
  49. Hardin, Melora as [Interviewer] <36>
  50. Harrison, Karen (I) as [Nurse] <34>
  51. Holmes, Katie as [Heather Holloway] <24>
  52. Lunden, Joan as [Herself] <1>
  53. Muellerleile, Marianne as [Teacher] <8>
  54. O Dell, Nancy as (as Nancy Humphries O'Dell) [Herself] <45>
  55. Ray, Connie (I) as [Pearl] <29>
  56. Reitman, Catherine as [Reporter #1] <42>
  57. Smith, Mary Jo (I) as [Sue Maclean] <4>
  58. Thorp, Rachel as [Flighty Girl] <33>
  59. Winslow, Katie as [Jeanette] <19>
  60. Wright, Aloma as (voice) (uncredited) [Gizelle]


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama

Full Plot

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. Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Tobacco industry lobbyist Nick Naylor has a seemingly impossible task: promoting cigarette smoking in a time when the health hazards of the activity have become too plain to ignore. Nick, however, revels in his job, using argument and twisted logic to place, as often as not, his clients in the positions of either altruistic do-gooders or victims. Nick's son Joey needs to understand and respect his dad's philosophy, and Nick works hard to respond to that need without compromising his lack of values. When a beautiful news reporter betrays Nick's sexually-achieved trust, his world seems in danger of collapsing. But there's always one more coffin nail in Nick's pack. Jim Beaver Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 59,575 (Brazil) (27 August 2006) AD: 30,301 (Brazil) (20 August 2006) AD: 225,485 (France) (10 October 2006) AD: 204,537 (France) (3 October 2006) AD: 164,509 (France) (26 September 2006) AD: 97,914 (France) (19 September 2006) AD: 130,375 (Germany) (17 September 2006) AD: 99,308 (Germany) (10 September 2006) AD: 49,801 (Germany) (3 September 2006) AD: 6,774 (Netherlands) (31 December 2006) BT: USD 6,500,000 CP: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in all territories except Italy, France, Switzerland, Benelux, Portugal, Scandinavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Commonwealth of Independent States, Iceland, Brazil, Korea, Japan and Spain; TCF Hungary Film Rights Exploitation Limited Liability Company and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in Brazil, Korea, Japan and Spain; TYFS Productions, LLC in Italy, France, Switzerland, Benelux, Portugal, Scandinavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Commonwealth of Independent States and Iceland. GR: USD 24,792,061 (USA) (10 September 2006) GR: USD 24,787,591 (USA) (3 September 2006) GR: USD 24,778,381 (USA) (27 August 2006) GR: USD 24,765,867 (USA) (20 August 2006) GR: USD 24,744,777 (USA) (13 August 2006) GR: USD 24,713,285 (USA) (6 August 2006) GR: USD 24,674,909 (USA) (30 July 2006) GR: USD 24,627,629 (USA) (23 July 2006) GR: USD 24,539,502 (USA) (16 July 2006) GR: USD 24,449,318 (USA) (9 July 2006) GR: USD 24,379,737 (USA) (2 July 2006) GR: USD 24,219,138 (USA) (25 June 2006) GR: USD 24,047,508 (USA) (18 June 2006) GR: USD 23,841,450 (USA) (11 June 2006) GR: USD 23,485,956 (USA) (4 June 2006) GR: USD 23,018,040 (USA) (28 May 2006) GR: USD 22,212,603 (USA) (21 May 2006) GR: USD 21,365,747 (USA) (14 May 2006) GR: USD 20,003,976 (USA) (7 May 2006) GR: USD 18,395,465 (USA) (30 April 2006) GR: USD 15,781,403 (USA) (23 April 2006) GR: USD 11,539,571 (USA) (16 April 2006) GR: USD 6,193,074 (USA) (9 April 2006) GR: USD 3,349,398 (USA) (2 April 2006) GR: USD 1,382,024 (USA) (26 March 2006) GR: USD 262,923 (USA) (19 March 2006) GR: GBP 1,019,728 (UK) (30 July 2006) GR: GBP 979,132 (UK) (23 July 2006) GR: GBP 930,075 (UK) (16 July 2006) GR: GBP 847,850 (UK) (9 July 2006) GR: GBP 723,893 (UK) (2 July 2006) GR: GBP 491,165 (UK) (25 June 2006) GR: GBP 188,676 (UK) (18 June 2006) GR: BRL 587,044 (Brazil) (27 August 2006) GR: BRL 313,501 (Brazil) (20 August 2006) GR: EUR 9,880 (Netherlands) (12 November 2006) OW: USD 262,923 (USA) (19 March 2006) (5 screens) OW: GBP 188,676 (UK) (18 June 2006) (100 screens) OW: EUR 9,533 (Netherlands) (12 November 2006) (12 screens) SD: 24 January 2005 - ? WG: USD 3,717 (USA) (10 September 2006) (3 screens) WG: USD 5,256 (USA) (3 September 2006) (3 screens) WG: USD 5,924 (USA) (27 August 2006) (9 screens) WG: USD 9,623 (USA) (20 August 2006) (12 screens) WG: USD 13,526 (USA) (13 August 2006) (19 screens) WG: USD 20,560 (USA) (6 August 2006) (31 screens) WG: USD 22,644 (USA) (30 July 2006) (27 screens) WG: USD 46,704 (USA) (23 July 2006) (39 screens) WG: USD 55,875 (USA) (16 July 2006) (51 screens) WG: USD 52,447 (USA) (9 July 2006) (62 screens) WG: USD 66,921 (USA) (2 July 2006) (77 screens) WG: USD 108,314 (USA) (25 June 2006) (110 screens) WG: USD 102,714 (USA) (18 June 2006) (117 screens) WG: USD 207,678 (USA) (11 June 2006) (193 screens) WG: USD 331,124 (USA) (4 June 2006) (265 screens) WG: USD 594,770 (USA) (28 May 2006) (270 screens) WG: USD 506,644 (USA) (21 May 2006) (315 screens) WG: USD 915,420 (USA) (14 May 2006) (428 screens) WG: USD 1,055,031 (USA) (7 May 2006) (560 screens) WG: USD 1,776,580 (USA) (30 April 2006) (734 screens) WG: USD 2,780,969 (USA) (23 April 2006) (1,020 screens) WG: USD 4,491,102 (USA) (16 April 2006) (1,015 screens) WG: USD 2,309,097 (USA) (9 April 2006) (299 screens) WG: USD 1,606,328 (USA) (2 April 2006) (126 screens) WG: USD 1,003,911 (USA) (26 March 2006) (54 screens) WG: USD 262,923 (USA) (19 March 2006) (5 screens) WG: GBP 17,844 (UK) (30 July 2006) (19 screens) WG: GBP 24,499 (UK) (23 July 2006) (27 screens) WG: GBP 28,990 (UK) (16 July 2006) (26 screens) WG: GBP 48,135 (UK) (9 July 2006) (53 screens) WG: GBP 88,961 (UK) (2 July 2006) (95 screens) WG: GBP 146,870 (UK) (25 June 2006) (107 screens) WG: GBP 188,676 (UK) (18 June 2006) (100 screens) WG: EUR 9,533 (Netherlands) (12 November 2006) (12 screens)

Movie Certificate

M18 (Singapore)
M (Australia)
15A (Ireland)
14A (Canada)(British Columbia)
15 (UK)
14A (Canada)
R (USA)(certificate #42076)
K-11 (Finland)
7 (Norway)
12 (Brazil)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
7 (Sweden)
12 (Germany)
AL (Netherlands)
7 (Iceland)
13 (Argentina)
PG-13 (Philippines)
M/12 (Portugal)
15 (South Korea)
(Banned) (Malaysia)(theatrical)
U (Malaysia)(DVD)
M (New Zealand)
6 (Austria)
A (Denmark)
TE (Chile)

Music Composers

  1. Kent, Rolfe


  1. Whitaker, Jim (I) (director of photography) (as James Whitaker)

Dress Designers

  1. Glicker, Danny


20th Century Fox Australia [au] - (2006) (Australia) (theatrical)
20th Century Fox [sg] - (2006) (Singapore) (theatrical)
20th Century Fox de Argentina [ar] - (2006) (Argentina) (theatrical)
20th Century Fox of Germany [de] - (2005) (Germany) (theatrical)
A-Film Distribution [nl] - (2006) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
A-Film Home Entertainment [nl] - (2007) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
Budapest Film [hu] - (2006) (Hungary) (theatrical)
Canvas [be] - (2009) (Belgium) (TV)
ContentFilm International [gb] - (2005) (worldwide) (theatrical)
Film1 [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
Fox Searchlight Pictures [us] - (2006) (USA) (theatrical)
Frenetic Films [ch] - (2006) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
Gativideo [ar] - (2007) (Argentina) (DVD)
Gativideo [ar] - (2007) (Argentina) (VHS)
Haut et Court [fr] - (2006) (France) (theatrical)
Hollydan Works [cshh] - (2005) (Yugoslavia) (DVD)
Movie Bank [nl] - (2007) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
ProRom-Romania Film [ro] - (2006) (Romania) (theatrical)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Germany [de] - (2007) (Germany) (DVD)
Veronica [nl] - (2012) (Netherlands) (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Glauberman, Dana E.


  1. Ahmed, Noor (production legal)
  2. Aldi, Nino (production assistant)
  3. Artino, Mike (set medic)
  4. Axel, Debbie (production legal)
  5. Behrman, Gavin J. (production accountant)
  6. Bock, Paul (assistant to cast)
  7. Bock, Paul (production assistant)
  8. Bock, Paul (production coordinator: re-shoot)
  9. Buonantony, Jen (production assistant)
  10. Buonantony, Jennifer Lynn (production assistant)
  11. Carpenter, Nicholas (I) (additional set production assistant)
  12. Chang, Tara (I) (assistant production coordinator)
  13. Chickey, Michael (assistant location manager: Los Angeles)
  14. Crabtree, Matt (adr voice) (uncredited)
  15. Craig, Tara L. (assistant production office coordinator)
  16. Cunningham, Patrick (III) (key set production assistant)
  17. Dornich, Joe (set production assistant)
  18. Ebert, Michelle (medical advisor)
  19. Falicki, David (set medic)
  20. Fusca, Damiano (craft service)
  21. Geair, Christopher (office production assistant: Washington, D.C. unit)
  22. Hadinoto, Francis (production assistant)
  23. Hagenmeyer, Lisa (assistant production coordinator: Washington, DC)
  24. Hazlitt, Mike (production consultant)
  25. Hora, Steven (assistant: Ed Pressman and Alessandro Camon)
  26. Houze, Alyssa (office production assistant)
  27. Johnson, Jeff (II) (medic)
  28. Kahn, Adam (III) (production assistant) (uncredited)
  29. Kravitz, Ashley (script clearance)
  30. Kulander, Dashiel (production assistant)
  31. Latenser V, John (location manager: Washington D.C.)
  32. Lee, Jenny (VIII) (title designer: main titles)
  33. Leeder, Jonathan (assistant to producer)
  34. Maruccio, Nathan (craft service)
  35. Miller, Christopher (II) (location manager: Los Angeles)
  36. Montgomery, Phillip (assistant: Mr. Reitman)
  37. Murphy, Trey (production assistant)
  38. Noonan, Matthew Dillon (location production assistant)
  39. Payne, Valarie (assistant: Mr. Eckhart)
  40. Quilty, Michyl-Shannon (assistant production coordinator)
  41. Ramey, Sarah (assistant: Edward R. Pressman)
  42. Reder, Benjamin R. (production legal)
  43. Reich, Jonathan (assistant location manager: Washington D.C.)
  44. Reichow, Errol (location scout: Los Angeles)
  45. Rodriguez, Genaro (I) (caterer)
  46. Rodríguez, Carlos (VII) (chef)
  47. Sachter-Zeltzer, Ari (title designer: main titles)
  48. Schuster, Howard R. (financing) (uncredited)
  49. Scottel, Traceigh (production coordinator)
  50. Seward, Mary Anne (script supervisor)
  51. Shino, Rony (assistant location manager: Los Angeles)
  52. Smith, Gareth (I) (title designer: main titles)
  53. Smolev, Amy (first assistant accountant)
  54. Spiegelman, Eric J. (production counsel)
  55. Spivey, Marc E. (insurance broker)
  56. Stevens, Julie (IV) (studio teacher)
  57. Tanaka, Shawn (assistant: William H. Macy)
  58. Thompson, William (IX) (personal fitness trainer)
  59. Tokarsky, Joel (payroll accountant)
  60. Trujillo, Francisco (II) (chef)
  61. Trujillo, John (III) (layout board)
  62. Vandervelde, Drew (production associate)
  63. Wank, Jeffrey (II) (assistant: Mr. Sacks)
  64. Weber, Bob (post-production accountant)
  65. Zadikoff, Adam (assistant: Mr. Sacks, post-production)


Nick Naylor: The message Hollywood needs to send out is 'Smoking Is Cool!' Jeff Megall: Sony has a futuristic sci-fi movie they're looking to make. Nick Naylor: Cigarettes in space? Jeff Megall: It's the final frontier, Nick. Nick Naylor: But wouldn't they blow up in an all oxygen environment? Jeff Megall: Probably. But it's an easy fix. One line of dialogue. 'Thank God we invented the... you know, whatever device.' [From trailer] Jack: Okay, I'm gonna bring your dad in now. Is there anything I can get you, like an orange juice, or a coffee, or a Red Bull? Joey Naylor: No, thanks. Jack: Okay. [High fives Joey] BR: We don't sell Tic Tacs, we sell cigarettes. And they're cool, available, and *addictive*. The job is almost done for us. BR: People, what is going on out there? I look down this table, all I see are white flags. Our numbers are down all across the board. Teen smoking, our bread and butter, is falling like a shit from heaven! We don't sell Tic Tacs for Christ's sake. We sell cigarettes. And they're cool and available and *addictive*. The job is almost done for us! Nick Naylor: [out loud] "I just need to pay the mortgage." Nick Naylor: [to self] The Yuppie Nuremberg defense. Joey Naylor: You're The Sultan of Spin! Nick Naylor: "The Sultan of Spin"? Joey Naylor: Mom subscribes to Newsweek. Nick Naylor: After watching the footage of the Kent State shootings, Bobby Jay, then seventeen, signed up for the National Guard so that he, too, could shoot college students. Brad: Nick, your job and everything aside, I hope you understand that second hand smoke's a real killer. Nick Naylor: What are you talking about? Brad: I just hope you're providing a smoke-free environment for Joey is all I'm saying. Nick Naylor: Brad, I'm his *father*. You're the guy fucking his mom. Brad: That was unnecessary. Lorne Lutch: You look like a nice enough fella. What are you doing working for these assholes? Nick Naylor: I'm good at it. Better at doing this than I ever was at doing anything else. Lorne Lutch: Aw, hell, son. I was good at shooting VC. I didn't make it my career. Bobby Jay Bliss: The way I heard it, D.C. police found you naked, laying in Lincoln's crotch, covered in nicotine patches with a sign across your chest that said... Polly Bailey: He doesn't need to hear the details. Bobby Jay Bliss: It was some pretty fucked up shit. Polly Bailey: Shh! Joey Naylor: Why did you tell that reporter all your secrets? Nick Naylor: You're too young to understand. Joey Naylor: Mom says it's because you have dependency issues and it was all just a matter of time before you threw it all away on some tramp. Nick Naylor: Well, that's one theory. Nick Naylor: Right there, looking into Joey's eyes, it all came back in a rush. Why I do what I do. Defending the defenseless, protecting the disenfranchised corporations that have been abandoned by their very own consumers: the logger, the sweatshop foreman, the oil driller, the land mine developer, the baby seal poacher... Polly Bailey: Baby seal poacher? Bobby Jay Bliss: Even *I* think that's kind of cruel. Nick Naylor: Polly works for the Moderation Council. A casual drinker by the age of 14, Polly quickly developed a tolerance usually reserved for Irish dockworkers. In our world, she's the woman that got the pope to endorse red wine. [last lines] Nick Naylor: Gentlemen, practise these words in front of the mirror: Although we are constantly exploring the subject, currently there is no direct evidence that links cellphone usage to brain cancer. Nick Naylor: Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk. Everyone has a talent. Polly Bailey: How about it Nick, are you a tit man? Bobby Jay Bliss: Don't answer that, that's a trap. Nick Naylor: Depends on the tits. Dennis Miller: Now we'll take a break. I need to fire a call screener. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: That's ludicrous - The great state of Vermont will not apologize for its cheese! BR: This... environmentalist... Subtitle: Pussy. [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." Jack: [In Elevator] Did you hear that? Nick Naylor: [pause] No. Jack: Exactly. BR: [BR is reading Heather's damning article] Bitch. Nick Naylor: Whore. Heather Holloway: My other interviews have pinned you as a mass murderer, blood sucker, pimp, profiteer and my personal favorite, yuppie Mephistopheles. Nick Naylor: Now what we need is a smoking role model. A real winner. Jeff Megall: Indiana Jones meets Jerry Maguire. Nick Naylor: Right, on two packs a day. Jack: That sand's not gonna rake itself, Hiroshi. Jeff Megall: [Talking to Nick on the phone, late at night] Gotta go. London. It's 7 AM in the Old Empire. Nick Naylor: When do you sleep? Jeff Megall: [pause] Sunday. Kid #3: My Mommy says smoking kills. Nick Naylor: Oh, is your Mommy a doctor? Kid #3: No. Nick Naylor: A scientific researcher of some kind? Kid #3: No. Nick Naylor: Well, then she's hardly a credible expert, is she? Nick Naylor: My job requires a certain... moral flexibility. BR: The rest of you people go slam your fuckin' brains against your desks until something useful comes out! Nick Naylor: That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong. Joey Naylor: what happens when you're wrong? Nick Naylor: Whoa, Joey I'm never wrong. Joey Naylor: But you can't always be right... Nick Naylor: Well, if it's your job to be right, then you're never wrong. Joey Naylor: But what if you are wrong? Nick Naylor: OK, let's say that you're defending chocolate, and I'm defending vanilla. Now if I were to say to you: 'Vanilla is the best flavour ice-cream', you'd say... Joey Naylor: No, chocolate is. Nick Naylor: Exactly, but you can't win that argument... so, I'll ask you: so you think chocolate is the end all and the all of ice-cream, do you? Joey Naylor: It's the best ice-cream, I wouldn't order any other. Nick Naylor: Oh! So it's all chocolate for you is it? Joey Naylor: Yes, chocolate is all I need. Nick Naylor: Well, I need more than chocolate, and for that matter I need more than vanilla. I believe that we need freedom. And choice when it comes to our ice-cream, and that Joey Naylor, that is the defintion of liberty. Joey Naylor: But that's not what we're talking about Nick Naylor: Ah! But that's what I'm talking about. Joey Naylor: ...but you didn't prove that vanilla was the best... Nick Naylor: I didn't have to. I proved that you're wrong, and if you're wrong I'm right. Joey Naylor: But you still didn't convince me Nick Naylor: It's that I'm not after you. I'm after them. [points into the crowd] [the Merchants of Death pass through a metal detector, which beeps as Bobby Jay, the firearms lobbyist, passes through] Bobby Jay Bliss: [to Nick and Polly] You guys go on ahead, this might take a while. Joey Naylor: Dad, why is the American government the best government? Nick Naylor: Because of our endless appeals system. Jack: As you can see, Jeff just loves... Asian shit. Nick Naylor: You know the guy who can pick up any girl? I'm him. On crack. Nick Naylor: My point is that you have to think for yourself. If your parents told you that chocolate was dangerous would you take their word for it? [Children say no] Exactly! So perhaps instead of acting like sheep when it comes to cigarettes you should find out for yourself. BR: Oh, I heard the Heather Holloway article is coming out tomorrow. Nick Naylor: Really? BR: Yeah, anything I should be worried about? Nick Naylor: Yeah, the Cancer Association. Apparently they have it in for us. BR: Fuckers. Joey Naylor: [as Nick comes to speak to Joey's class about his job] Please don't ruin my childhood. Jack: I'm going to impale your mom on a spike and feed her dead body to my dog with syphilis. Brad: Ha, you got me! Jack: [to Nick and Joey Naylor] Inside joke. Jeff Megall: Oh, stop. Next thing I know, he'll be telling you what position I used to play for the Bruins. Jack: Quarterback. [after one of Naylor's speeches] Trainee: That was awesome! Nick Naylor: Thank you. Lorne Lutch: I didn't even smoke Marlboros. I smoked Kools. Nick Naylor: I don't have a MD or law degree. I have a bachelor's in kicking butt and taking names. Nick Naylor: Few people on this planet knows what it is to be truly despised. Can you blame them? I earn a living fronting an organization that kills 1200 people a day. Twelve hundred people. We're talking two jumbo jet plane loads of men, women and children. I mean, there's Attila, Genghis... and me, Nick Naylor. The face of cigarettes, the Colonel Sanders of nicotine. [Nick and Heather are introducing themselves to each other] Heather Holloway: Heather Holloway. Nick Naylor: Nick Naylor. Big Tobacco. Heather Holloway: [holds up tape recorder] Is this kosher? Nick Naylor: Only if I can call you Heather. Heather Holloway: By all means. So, Mr. Naylor... Nick Naylor: [interrupting] Nick. Heather Holloway: Nick. Let's start with... Nick Naylor: '82 Margaux. Heather Holloway: Okay. Is it good? Nick Naylor: "Good"? It'll make you believe in God. Joey Naylor: Mom, why can't I go to California? Jill Naylor: Because, California's just not a safe place. And besides, I'm not sure it's appropriate for your father to bring you on a business trip. Joey Naylor: Appropriate for who? Jill Naylor: What? Joey Naylor: Mom, is it possible that you're taking the frustration of your failed marriage out on me? Jill Naylor: Excuse me? Joey Naylor: This California trip seems like a great learning opportunity and a chance for me to get to know my father. But if you think it's more important to use me to channel your frustration against the man you no longer love, I'll understand. Joey Naylor: Why are you hiding from everyone? Nick Naylor: It has something to do with being generally hated right now. Joey Naylor: But it's your job to be generally hated. Nick Naylor: It's more complicated then that, Joey. Joey Naylor: You're just making it more complicated so that you can feel sorry for yourself. Like you always said, "If you want an easy job, go work for the Red Cross." Nick Naylor: These days, when someone smokes in the movies, they're either a psychopath... or a European. Nick Naylor: Gentlemen, practice these words in front of the mirror: Although we are constantly exploring the subject, currently there is no direct evidence that links cell phone usage to brain cancer. Senator Lothridge: Now as we discussed earlier, these warning labels are not for those who know, but rather for those who don't know. What about the children? Nick Naylor: Gentleman. It's called education. It doesn't come off the side of a cigarette carton. It comes from our teachers, and more importantly, our parents. It is the job of every parent to warn their children of all the dangers of the world including cigarettes so that one day when they get older, they can choose for themselves. Bobby Jay Bliss: Did you know that you can fool the breathalizer test by chewing on activated charcoal tablets? Polly Bailey: Well, maybe we should change our slogan to "If you must drink and drive, suck charcoal." Nick Naylor: Won't the police ask about the charcoal in your mouth? Bobby Jay Bliss: There's not a law against charcoal. Polly Bailey, Nick Naylor: Yet. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Please state your name, address, and current occupation. Nick Naylor: My name is Nick Naylor. I live at 6000 Massachusetts Avenue. I am currently unemployed but until recently I was the Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Mr. Naylor, as Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies, what was required of you? What did you do? Nick Naylor: I informed the public of all the research performed in the investigation on the effects of tobacco. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: And what, so far, has the Academy concluded in their investigation into the effects of tobacco? Nick Naylor: Well, many things actually. Why just the other day they uncovered evidence that smoking can offset Parkinson's disease. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: I'm sure the health community is thrilled. Mr. Naylor, who provides the financial background for the Academy of Tobacco Studies? Nick Naylor: Conglomerated Tobacco. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: That's the cigarette companies. Nick Naylor: For the most part, yes. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Do you think that might affect their priorities? Nick Naylor: No. Just as, I'm sure, campaign contributions don't affect yours. Senator Lothridge: Mr. Naylor is not hear to testify on the goings on of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. We're hear to examine the possibility of a warning label on cigarettes. Now, Mr. Naylor, I have to ask you out of formality, do you believe that smoking cigarettes, over time, can lead to lung cancer and lead to other respiratory conditions such as emphysema. Nick Naylor: Yes. In fact, I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who really believes that cigarettes are not potentially harmful. I mean - show of hands - Who out here thinks that cigarettes aren't dangerous? Senator Dupree: Mr. Naylor, there's no need for theatrics. Nick Naylor: I'm sorry. I just don't see the point in a warning label for something people already know. Senator Dupree: The warning symbol is a reminder, a reminder of the dangers of smoking cigarettes. Nick Naylor: Well, if we want to remind people of danger why don't we slap a skull and crossbones on all Boeing airplanes, Senator Lothridge. And all Fords, Senator Dupree. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: That is ridiculous. The death toll from airline and automobile accidents doesn't even skim the surface cigarettes. They don't even compare. Nick Naylor: Oh, this from a Senator who calls Vermont home. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: I don't follow you, Mr. Naylor. Nick Naylor: Well, the real demonstrated #1 killer in America is cholesterol. And here comes Senator Finistirre whose fine state is, I regret to say, clogging the nation's arteries with Vermont Cheddar Cheese. If we want to talk numbers, how about the millions of people dying of heart attacks? Perhaps Vermont Cheddar should come with a skull and crossbones. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: That is lu - . The great state of Vermont will not apologize for its cheese! Senator Lothridge: Mr. Naylor, we are here to discuss cigarettes - not planes, not cars - cigarettes. Now as we discussed earlier these warning labels are not for those who know but rather for those who don't know. What about the children? Nick Naylor: Gentlemen, it's called education. It doesn't come off the side of a cigarette carton. it comes from our teachers, and more importantly our parents. It is the job of every parent to warn their children of all the dangers of the world, including cigarettes, so that one day when they get older they can choose for themselves. I look at my son who was kind enough to come with me today, and I can't help but think that I am responsible for his growth and his development. And I'm proud of that. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Well, having said that, would you condone him smoking? Nick Naylor: Well, of course not. He's not 18. That would be illegal. Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Yes, I've heard you deliver that line on 20/20, but enough dancing. What are you going to do when he turns 18? C'mon, Mr. Naylor. On his 18th birthday will you share a cigarette with him? Will you spend a lovely afternoon - like one of your ludicrous cigarette advertisements? You seem to have to have a lot to say about how we should raise our children. What of your own? What are you going to do when he turns 18? Nick Naylor: If he really wants a cigarette. I'll buy him his first pack. Nick Naylor: Most people have this image in their heads of tobacco executives jet-setting around the world on private planes, eating foie gras as they count their money. Not me. I like to ride with the people. Know your clients. My people cram themselves into a tiny seat, pop a Xanex, and dream of the moment when they can stuff their face with fresh tobacco. If I can convince just one of these kids to pick up smoking, I've paid for my flight. Round trip! Nurse: You woke up? Nick Naylor: [off camera] Perhaps a bad choice of inflection. Jack: Alright come here, this is my favourite part. That one right there... [points in pool of fish] Jack: It's 7000 dollars. Nick Naylor: 7000 for a fish? Jack: Yep, kinda makes you wanna stop eating sushi, but I guess you kinda have to. Jack: See that big white one right there? [points again] Jack: Swear to you, 12000, gift from Oprah. Nick Naylor: The man's a genius; he could disprove gravity. Joey Naylor: Dad, why is American government the best government? Nick Naylor: Because of our endless appeal system. Heather Holloway: This is Nick Naylor telling you kids, don't do drugs, smoke cigarettes Nick Naylor: That's really great, its like looking in the mirror Heather Holloway: New idea, cigarettes for the homeless, we'll call them hobos Nick Naylor: Hahaha, uh that's awful Heather Holloway: Any better than sector sixes Nick Naylor: right Heather Holloway: Oh my God Nick, you are on TV Nick Naylor: Lobbyist on the lookout. You gotta be kidding me Heather Holloway: I wanna fuck you while I watch you on TV Nick Naylor: And they call me sick Heather Holloway: Hurry before your segment ends Nick Naylor: Alright Nick Naylor: Bobby Jay works for S.A.F.E.T.Y., the Society for the Advancement of Firearms and Effective Training for Youth. After watching the footage of the Kent State shootings, Bobby Jay, then seventeen, signed up for the National Guard so that he too could shoot college students. But, the National Guard recruiter was out to lunch, so Bobby Jay ended up shooting Panamanians instead. Which is almost as fun as shooting college students, only they shoot back. Nick Naylor: Few people on this planet know what it is to be truly despised. Can you blame them? I earn a living fronting an organizing that kills one thousand two hundred human beings a day; twelve hundred people. We're talking two jumbo jet plane loads of men, women, and children. I mean there's Attila, Genghis, and me, Nick Naylor the face of cigarettes, the colonel sanders of nicotine. This is where I work, the Academy of Tobacco Studies. It was established by seven gentlemen you may recognize from C-Span. These guys realized quick if they were gonna claim cigarettes were not addictive they better have proof. This is the man they rely on, Erhardt Von Grupten Mundt. They found him in Germany. I won't go into the details. He's been testing the link between nicotine and lung cancer for thirty years, and hasn't found any conclusive results. The man's a genius, he could disprove gravity. Then we got our sharks. We draft them out of Ivy League law schools and give them timeshares and sports cars. It's just like a John Grisham novel. Well you know without all the espionage. Most importantly we got spin control. That's where I come in. I get paid to talk. I don't have an MD or law degree. I have a baccalaureate in kicking ass and taking names. You know that guy who can pick up any girl, I'm him on crack. Polly Bailey: You didn't tell her about us, did you? Nick Naylor: Who? Heather? No!... I mean, maybe in passing. Polly Bailey: In passing. Bobby Jay Bliss: Oh God, he fucked her. I tried to warn you... Polly Bailey: Hey, he didn't fuck her. You didn't fuck her, did you? [Nick doesn't answer] When? Bobby Jay Bliss: In passing. Nick Naylor: That's disgusting! Bobby Jay Bliss: It's American.

Other Titles

  1. Thank You for Smoking (2005) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. The Prince - 3198 W. Seventh Street, Koreatown, Los Angeles, California, USA - (Bert's)
  2. Los Angeles, California, USA
  3. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California, USA
  4. Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  5. Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA


- 'Jason Reitman' (qv) wrote individual letters to each of the stars in the film telling them why they would be right for the part. Every one of his first choices accepted their parts and most thanked Reitman for his great letter.

- 'Sam Elliott (I)' (qv) wanted his character to refuse to take the money. 'Jason Reitman' (qv) spent three hours persuading him to do the part as scripted.

- One of 'Sam Elliott (I)' (qv)'s conditions to do the part was to have him carry a rifle in a scene instead of the scripted shotgun. 'Jason Reitman' (qv) agreed to change the script. When they were about to do the scene, Reitman realized that he had forgotten about the rifle and went to the prop wagon frantically hoping to find one. There were three guns laying on the tailgate, two shotguns and a rifle. When Elliott picked up the rifle, Reitman breathed a sigh of relief. He asked Elliott if he needed instruction on how to use it. Elliott declined and said that he knew how to use it because the rifle was his.

- The black and white film that Naylor watches is the end of _Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)_ (qv).

- No one is shown smoking a cigarette throughout the entire movie. In fact, except in the