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Thank You for Smoking (2005)

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Coming Out at 14 April 2006 in theaters

Comedy, Drama

Thank You for Smoking is satirical black comedy film written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1994 satirical novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. It follows the efforts of Big Tobacco’s chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who lobbies on behalf of cigarettes using heavy spin tactics while also trying to remain a role model for his 12-year-old son. Maria Bello, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, William H. Macy, J. K. Simmons, and Robert Duvall appear in supporting roles.

The film was released in a limited run on March 17, 2006, and had a wide release on April 14. As of 2007, the film had grossed a total of more than $39 million worldwide. The film was released on DVD in the US on October 3, 2006, and in the UK on January 8, 2007.

Nick Naylor is a handsome, smooth-talking tobacco spokesman who attempts to influence the act of people in daily life and the vice-president of a tobacco lobby called the “Academy of Tobacco Studies”, which has been researching whether smoking tobacco causes lung diseases or not. They claim that their research—funded primarily by tobacco companies—has found no definitive evidence for it. Nick’s job is mainly defending Big Tobacco on television programs by presenting this research to the public. Naylor and his friends, firearm lobbyist Bobby Jay Bliss and alcohol lobbyist Polly Bailey, meet every week and jokingly call themselves the “Merchants of Death” or “The MOD Squad”.

Director: Jason Reitman

Writers: Jason Reitman, Christopher Buckley (novel)

Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, William H. Macy, J. K. Simmons, Robert Duvall

Cast:

Joan LundenJoan Lunden
Eric HabermanRobin Williger
Aaron EckhartNick Naylor
Mary Jo SmithSue Maclean
Todd LouisoRon Goode
Jeff WitzkeKidnapper
J.K. SimmonsBR
Marianne MuellerleileTeacher
Cameron BrightJoey Naylor
Alex DiazKid #1
Jordan GarrettKid #2
Courtney Taylor BurnessKid #3
Jordan Del SpinaKid #4
Maria BelloPolly Bailey
David KoechnerBobby Jay Bliss
Kim DickensJill Naylor
Daniel TravisBrad
William H. MacySenator Ortolan Finistirre
Katie WinslowJeanette
Richard Speight Jr.Trainee
Eric MaldonadoTobacco Club Host
Robert DuvallCaptain
Renée GrahamTiffany
Katie HolmesHeather Holloway
Adam BrodyJack
Timothy DowlingEGO Assistant
Rob LoweJeff Megall
Sam ElliottLorne Lutch
Connie RayPearl
Dennis MillerDennis Miller
Terry JamesSki Mask #1
Marc ScizakSki Mask #2
Rachel ThorpFlighty Girl
Karen HarrisonNurse
Aaron LustigDoctor
Melora HardinInterviewer
Brian PalermoFBI Agent (voice)
Michael MantellDr. Meisenbach
Tonyo MeléndezMr. Herera
Spencer GarrettSenator Lothridge
Earl BillingsSenator Dupree
Catherine ReitmanReporter #1
Sean Patrick MurphyReporter #2
David O. SacksOil Lobbyist
Nancy O’DellNancy Humphries O’Dell
Roy JenkinsDebate Moderator
Howard WeitzmanGentleman #1
Bruce FrenchGentleman #2
Robert L. RichardsGentleman #3
Christopher BuckleyMan at Metro Station
Michael CalderCongressman
Dominick CiccoWorkman
Jacques DerosenaCollege Student
Jim R. FeltonTobacco Lobbyist
Lisa GabrielCourt Clerk
Lucas GeorgeCollege student
Dana E. GlaubermanHotel Phone Operator (voice)
Eva La DareFlight Attendant
Robert MalinaPeter
Kyra OserAudience Member
Neil PatilLab Technician
Nicholas PintoKid
Prince Jordan TysonSenator
Aloma WrightGizelle (voice)
James YounanCommittee Attendee

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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