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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Aaron Baker ... Brad Silber
John Carter 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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Based on the true story. Would we lie to you? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apgaule See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,449,320, 6 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,156,933, 27 May 2007
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Gere appears with the real Nina van Pallandt in American Gigolo (1980). See more »

Goofs

As Irving first researches Hughes for the hoax, he picks up an edition of Newsweek bearing the title "The Secret World of Howard Hughes," and dated 1971. He actually has the April 19, 1976 issue of Newsweek, which was printed after Hughes's death and included a sketch of Hughes during the last few years of his life. See more »

Quotes

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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Here Comes the Sun
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Watching Richard Gere lie
3 December 2007 | by SuperunknovvnSee 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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