The Hoax (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 April 2007 (USA)
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In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford Irving sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Carter ...
Raul S. Julia ...
Bike Messenger (as Raul Julia Jr.)
Mcgraw-Hill Security
Okwui Okpokwasili ...
Sporting Goods Salesman
Car Salesman


Early in 1971, McGraw-Hill passes on Clifford Irving's new novel. He's desperate for money, so, against the backdrop of Nixon's reelection calculations, Irving claims he has Howard Hughes's cooperation to write Hughes's autobiography. With the help of friend Dick Suskind, Irving does research, lucks into a manuscript written by a long-time Hughes associate, and plays on corporate greed. He's quick-thinking and outrageously bold. Plus, he banks on Hughes's reluctance to enter the public eye. At the same time, he's trying to rebuild his marriage and deflect the allure of his one-time mistress, Nina Van Pallandt. Can he write a good book, take the money, and pull off the hoax? Written by <>

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Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beugratás  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,449,320 (USA) (6 April 2007)


£222,112 (UK) (10 August 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Gere appears with the real Nina van Pallandt (played here by Julie Delpy) in American Gigolo (1980). See more »


About 12 minutes into the movie before Irving is to meet with McGraw Hill, there is a southerly view of Manhattan with the Empire State Building in the foreground. In the distance looking toward lower Manhattan are the buildings of the World Financial Center. These buildings did not exist in 1971. Also, in 1971 the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center would be visibly under construction albeit not very tall at that time. See more »


Clifford Irving: Bumped by this adolescent coffee boy. My lit professor at Cornell compared me to Hemingway! The middle of my life is at hand, and I don't have a couch.
Dick Suskind: Think about this: Henry Miller was 38-years-old, unpublished. His wife left him for a lesbian.
Clifford Irving: You're kind to tell me that, Dick. You're a very good man. You're a good friend. Need a loan?
Dick Suskind: Always.
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Referenced in Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) See more »


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Gripping film and difficult to find fault with
31 July 2007 | by (Bristol, UK) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film from beginning to end and generally I'm difficult to please. I'm a little older than the average audience and so I knew this story really well having watched it unfold at the time. I also remember watching Orson Welles' masterpiece 'F for Fake', based around the same subject and anyone who's seen 'The Hoax' should watch 'F for Fake'. Richard Gere, and in fact, all the cast, were at their best and delivered a great script with all the tension and dynamics it needed. Gere and Molina worked very well together and I'd say it was probably Molina's best performance to date. Beautifully shot and cut, it was pacy but not too pacy like many current films. I liked the few library shots to help with creating a feeling for the period and of course, the music helped with that too. The story was told well, although if you weren't quite familiar with the outline of what happened, there could be some moments of doubt. However, knowing the story well made it all the more enjoyable.

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