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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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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Based on the true story. Would we lie to you? See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$7,156,933 (USA) (25 May 2007)
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The story is based on the true-life Clifford Irving, an American writer, best known for his "authorized autobiography" of Howard Hughes which turned out to be a hoax. See more »

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McCullough congratulates Irving on the authenticity of the manuscript by citing a conversation he had with Hughes that he didn't tell anyone else. However, this conversation was noted in the Newsweek article on Hughes. See more »

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Dick Suskind: Cliff, you publish this you will have a storm of shit rain down on you.
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References F for Fake (1973) See more »

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Watching Richard Gere lie
3 December 2007 | by (Austria, Vienna) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie right after I had seen the amazingly boring "I'm Not There." at the Camerimage Festival in Poland. It came as a real relief to me. "The Hoax" is a pretty conventional movie about an unbelievable fraud that has taken place in the 70's. A guy called Clifford Irving actually convinced some publishers that he would write a biography about Howard Hughes authorized by no one but Hughes himself. Basically the whole movie is Richard Gere lying and dragging some people down with him. It wouldn't be such an entertaining affair if it wasn't for the great performances. Gere in particular never struck me as an outstanding actor, but he really shines here and has a great on screen-chemistry with the always good Alfred Molina.

"The Hoax" may not be Lasse Hallström's best movie, but it's a nice little companion piece to Scorsese's Hughes-biopic "The Aviator".


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