Thank You for Smoking


1h 32m 2006

Brief Synopsis

Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR of

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Comedy
Political
Satire
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Marc E Spivey
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington, DC, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Synopsis

Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and enlisting a Hollywood super-agent to promote smoking in movies. Nick's newfound notoriety attracts the attention of both tobacco's head honcho and an investigative reporter for an influential Washington daily. Nick says he is just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage, but the increased scrutiny of his son and a very real death threat may force him to think differently.

Crew

Stuart M. Abramson

Key Grip

Peter Afterman

Music Supervisor

Peter Albert

Video Assist/Playback

Nino Aldi

Set Production Assistant

Robert Althoff

Sound Recordist

Steve Altman

Grip

Mike Artino

Medic

Hoyt Axton

Song

Tony Ayala

Grip

Ted Ayd

Best Boy Electric

Johann Sebastian Bach

Song

Michael Baird

Video Assist/Playback

Eveleen Bandy

Associate Producer

Gary Beaird

Grip

Gavin J. Behrman

Production Accountant

Stephen Belafonte

Associate Producer

Michael R Belt

Driver

Dave Bennett

Accountant

Don Berg

Camera Operator

Michael Beugg

Executive Producer

Michael Beugg

Line Producer

Michael Beugg

Unit Production Manager

Sonia Bhalla

Assistant Director

Ralph-gordon Blaine

Driver

David Bloomfield

Co-Executive Producer

Rhett Bloomquist

Dolly Grip

Jason Blumenfeld

Assistant Director

Paul Bock

Production Assistant

Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr.

Visual Effects Producer

Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr.

Visual Effects Supervisor

Sherri Bramlett

Hair Stylist

Phil Brandes

Painter

Patrick M Brennan

Electrician

Julie J Briggs

Craft Service

Mark Brooks

On-Set Dresser

Scott Brown

Assistant Director

Daniel Brunt

Coproducer

Brad Bryan

Sound

Christopher Buckley

Source Material

Jennifer Buonantony

Set Production Assistant

Donald Burghardt

Assistant Camera

Barney Cabral

Adr Editor

Patrick Cabral

Foley Artist

Luis Cabrera

Caterer

Alessandro Camon

Executive Producer

Anthony Canard

Driver

Jamie Carmichael

Other

Michael Chickey

Assistant Location Manager

Neil Chisholm

Driver

Bob Church

Construction

Dean Citroni

Key Grip

Patrick Clancey

Titles And Opticals

Tim Clarke

Loader

Richard Coniglio

Video

Ralph Coon

Electrician

Thomas M Cornelius

Craft Service

Joe Cosentino

Transportation Co-Captain

Jon Cosham

Driver

Tara L. Craig

Assistant Production Coordinator

Michael Crowe

Consultant

Yanosh Cuglove

Editorial Assistant

Patrick Cunningham

Set Production Assistant

Deb Dalton

Costume Supervisor

Mike Delnero

Grip

Andrew Depung

Loader

Donald Diggs

Driver

Oliver Doering

Assistant Property Master

Bob Dohrmann

Production Supervisor

Craig Dollinger

Boom Operator

Joe Dornich

Set Production Assistant

Paul Drenning

Adr Mixer

Daniel Dubiecki

Coproducer

Richard Dwan

Sound Editor

Cassian Elwes

Other

Sam Ennis

Caterer

David Falicki

Medic

Rick J. Fese

Transportation Captain

Joe Fineman

Production Consultant

Larry Fioritto

Special Effects Coordinator

Paul Flinton

Boom Operator

Danielle Frederickson

Transportation

Elisabeth Fry

Makeup Artist

Casey Garrett

Props

Brett Gates

Assistant Camera

Chris Geair

Office Production Assistant

H Eugene Gifford

Song

Tim Gillis

Electrician

Dana E Glauberman

Editor

Julie Glick

Costume Supervisor

Danny Glicker

Costume Designer

M Marcos Gonzalez

Swing Gang

M Marcos Gonzalez

Swing Gang

Tim P Gordon

Electrician

Theresa Greene

Art Department Coordinator

Francis Hadinoto

Office Production Assistant

Lisa Hagenmeyer

Production Associate

Nathan Hardcastle

Transportation

Phil Hardt

Electrician

Kenneth Harris

Electrician

Geno Hart

Transportation Coordinator

Michael Hazlitt

Production Consultant

Nicole Hirsch-whitaker

Dp/Cinematographer

Nicole Hirsch-whitaker

Director Of Photography

Nicole Hirsch-whitaker

Other

Melissa Hofmann

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Alyssa Houze

Office Production Assistant

Colin Hudson

Steadicam Operator

Eric Hunsaker

Assistant Property Master

Karen Iacofano

Camera Operator

Heather Ignarro

Production Coordinator

David Insley

Camera Operator

John E Jackson

Makeup

Terry James

Stunt Coordinator

Dennis Janovici

Transportation Co-Captain

Adam Jenkins

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Lee Jennings

Driver

Jeffrey L Johnson

Medic

J. Stanley Johnston

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Uday Sharad Joshi

Set Production Assistant

Otis Kaltvedt

On-Set Dresser

Scott Kaye

Camera Operator

Rolfe Kent

Music

Patrice King

Medic

Jerry L Knight

Driver

Ashley Kravitz

Rights & Clearances

Tom Lamont

Grip

John Latenser V

Location Manager

Esther Lee

Visual Effects Producer

Jennifer Lee

Titles

Packy Lennon

Gaffer

Natasha Leonett

Color Timer

Max Levchin

Executive Producer

Jack Lewars

Colorist

Dana Lewis

Set Production Assistant

Marsha Lewis

Hair Stylist

Eddie Lin

Storyboard Artist

Laura Little

Set Costumer

Alison Litton

Music Coordinator

Rogelio Loera

Driver

Thomas H. Lohmann

Steadicam Operator

Thomas H. Lohmann

Camera Operator

Robin Luce

Makeup Artist

Robert Lukacs

Digital Effects Artist

Joan Lunden

Other

Kenji Luster

Steadicam Operator

Joan M Lynch

Set Costumer

Casey Mako

Assistant Director

Robert Malina

Visual Effects Editor

Robert Malina

Assistant Editor

Deano Manley

Best Boy Grip

Mindy Marin

Coproducer

Mindy Marin

Casting Director

Rudy Martinez

Electrician

Nathan Maruccio

Craft Service

Asa Mccall

Set Production Assistant

Kelly Mccormick

Assistant Production Coordinator

Josh Medak

Camera Assistant

Kurt Meisenbach

Set Decorator

Cynthia Merrill

Foley Artist

Matt Messina

Theme Music

Matt Messina

Song

Christopher Miller

Location Manager

Dennis Miller

Other

Steve Monaghan

Driver

Phillip Montgomery

Assistant

Melissa H. Morgan

Set Production Assistant

Maxine Morris

Hair Stylist

Steven A. Morrow

Sound Mixer

Elon Musk

Executive Producer

Charlie Newberry

Loader

Michael R Newman

Coproducer

Danny Nichols

Camera Operator

Matt Noonan

Production Assistant

Kevin O'connor

Song

Nancy O'dell

Other

Greg O'donohue

Swing Gang

Greg O'donohue

On-Set Dresser

Mike O'leary

Grip

Bruce Oldham

Camera Operator

Dexter Padgitt

Video

Raffi Paloulian

Script Coordinator

Valarie Payne

Assistant

Karen Persechino

Camera Operator

Joe Pier

Camera Operator

Edward Pressman

Executive Producer

Gregory Purcell

Set Production Assistant

Michyl-shannon Quilty

Assistant Production Coordinator

Edward Quirk

3-D Artist

Jaime Ramirez

Caterer

Kennard Ramsey

Song

Carmelo Randazzo

Craft Service

Clay Rawlins

Assistant Editor

Jonathan Reich

Assistant Location Manager

Errol Reichow

Location Scout

Alex Reilly

Grip

Daniel Quinton Reilly

Best Boy Grip

Jason Reitman

Screenplay

Aaron Richmond

Stand-In

Stephen M Rickert

Assistant Editor

Perry Robertson

Supervising Sound Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Comedy
Political
Satire
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Marc E Spivey
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington, DC, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2006 award for Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2006 award for Best First Feature by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).

Limited Release in United States March 17, 2006

Released in United States Spring March 17, 2006

Released in United States on Video October 3, 2006

Released in United States January 2006

Released in United States March 2006

Released in United States September 2006

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Special Screening) March 10-18, 2006.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 1-10, 2006.

Based on the novel "Thank You for Smoking" written by Christopher Buckley; published by Random House June, 1994.

Project was previously set up at Icon Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Feature directorial debut for Jason Reitman.

Fox Searchlight acquired distribution rights for a reported $7 million at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

Jason Reitman is the son of filmmaker Ivan Reitman

Limited Release in United States March 17, 2006

Released in United States Spring March 17, 2006

Released in United States on Video October 3, 2006

Winner of the 2006 award for Best Adapted Screenplay by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Released in United States January 2006 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premiere) January 19-29, 2006.)

Released in United States March 2006 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Special Screening) March 10-18, 2006.)

Released in United States September 2006 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 1-10, 2006.)