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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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Brad Silber
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Harold Mcgraw
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Marion
Raul S. Julia ...
Bike Messenger (as Raul Julia Jr.)
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Mcgraw-Hill Security
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Albert Vanderkamp
Okwui Okpokwasili ...
Malika
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Sporting Goods Salesman
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Fredrick Van Pallandt
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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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 »

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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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Down on the Corner
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Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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"Hoax" is a winner
30 April 2007 | by 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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