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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.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

William Wheeler (screenplay), Clifford Irving (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Aaron Baker ... Brad Silber
John Carter ... Harold Mcgraw
Judi Barton ... Marion
Raul S. Julia Raul S. Julia ... Bike Messenger (as Raul Julia Jr.)
James Biberi ... Mcgraw-Hill Security
Richard Gere ... Clifford Irving
Hope Davis ... Andrea Tate
Christopher Evan Welch ... Albert Vanderkamp
Okwui Okpokwasili Okwui Okpokwasili ... Malika
Alfred Molina ... Dick Suskind
Bob Wiltfong ... Sporting Goods Salesman
William Fowle ... Car Salesman
Marcia Gay Harden ... Edith Irving
Julie Delpy ... Nina Van Pallandt
Antonie Knoppers ... Fredrick Van Pallandt
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Storyline

Early in 1971, the publishing company 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 Richard 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The helicopter that almost lands on the roof of the McGraw-Hill building in 1971 is clearly an AS350. The original, single engine version of this did not make its first flight until 27 June 1974. The twin engined model used in the movie did not fly until even later. See more »

Quotes

Dick Suskind: Cliff, you publish this you will have a storm of shit rain down on you.
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Connections

References F for Fake (1973) See more »

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You Can't Always Get What You Want
(1969)
Written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of ABKCO Music & Reocrds, Inc.
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Playful Crime
20 April 2007 | by commandercool88See all my reviews

'The Hoax' is an endlessly charming and witty film, blending comedy with drama for great and successful results. Richard Gere is at the top of his game as he commands the screen, prosthetic nose included. Lasse Hallstrom's, whose films included 'Chocolate' and 'The Cider House Rules', keen sense of direction keeps the film fresh and engaging. It ultimately makes for a genuinely pleasant experience and one of the year's better pictures.

Desperate for success and wealth, Clifford Irving is about to pull off the hoax of the century. Set in the 1970s, Irving has pitched and sold his idea of a Howard Hughes biography to a premiere publishing company. Problem is, none of it's true. Irving, with his friend Dick Susskind at his side, will spin an intricate web of lies as he sets out to compile a fraud biography of Hughes and set-up staged interviews with the wealthy recluse. He soon becomes so deep in all of his lies that it seems inconceivable that he'll find his way out. But with each twist and turn, Irving matches with one of his own.

What makes 'The Hoax' work? It appears to be nearly flawless. Director Lasse Hallstrom keeps viewers in the moment with a nice, speedy pace. And so 'The Hoax' never wears out its welcome. It's such a quirky and original project that entertains without taking itself too seriously. It's light, witty humor mixed with dramatic effect to create what is at times a film with a dual personality, but it works out just right. 'The Hoax' has an intelligence that's sharper than most, keeping the elaborate and offbeat heist cleverly afloat rather than becoming dull and over worn. An outrageously true story of an outrageously true crime.

You may say that 'The Hoax' ultimately works because of one man, and that's Richard Gere. His best performance in years, Gere commands the screen as the man behind the heist (and nose). He's sharp, humorous, tragic, and flawed. The whole package. He almost forces you to emotionally invest in his character, because he's almost too charming not to. You'll find yourself rooting for him and his cause. It's one of the best performances of the year. Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, and Marcia Gay Harden all benefit from a great script. Molina stars as the humorously bumbling sidekick who possesses what Gere does not: a conscious. Davis is wonderful as the publishing agent, and while Harden's role doesn't present her with much screen time, she delivers a strong outing with what she's given.

'The Hoax' is a remarkably well-made, well-told account of a bizarre heist. The truth is stranger than fiction, and while it's wildly strange, it's wonderfully fun and silly yet tragic and serious when it has to be. 'The Hoax' is no hand-me-down of the heist genre, but rather a worthy and memorable addition. It's one of the year's best films, and no doubt you'll get a kick out of 'The Hoax'.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,501,000, 8 April 2007

Gross USA:

$7,164,995

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,772,461
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