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)  »

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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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Did You Know?


The books being burned at the end of the movie are surplus copies of 'Knife of Dreams', the eleventh novel in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The series logo and gate-fold map are clearly visible in one shot. See more »


At one point, Clifford Irving tells Dick Suskind that he might have a chance to "impact culture". Using the word "impact" as a verb did not become a trend until well after the 1970's. See more »


Edith Irving: You're always so careful when you talk, always so soft like a cushion for what you want. But I am leaving. But before I go, I give you something. You are exhausted from your lies. So tell the truth. Tell me the truth about what you did with her this time. It is your moment to be clean.
Clifford Irving: I saw her.
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Referenced in Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) See more »


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Written and Performed by Dave Mason
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"Hoax" is a winner
30 April 2007 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Lasse Hallstrom has directed a compelling recreation of Clifford Irivng's novel in "Hoax". It is a retelling of the risky writing of the fake autobiography of Howard Hughes, the eccentric billionaire from Texas. Richard Gere gives a satisfying performance in his torn character of Clifford Irving himself. He is also convincing in his ability to show his simultaneous success and guiltless feelings in writing his so-called autobiography. Alfred Molina gives an emotional performance as Dick Suskind, Irving's loyal friend and co-writer. Marcia Gay Harden is a genuine Edith Irving in this disturbing story. And Julie Delpy is exquisite as Nina Van Pallandt, the paramour that Irving drags into his ploy. It makes for a nice cinema, and likely a good read.

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