The Hoax (2007)



Critic Consensus: The Hoax is an enormously appealing film, thanks to the uniformly excellent performances and Lasse Hallström's zippy direction.

Movie Info

The writer Clifford Irving nearly pulled off one of the most audacious media scams in history when his "autobiography" of Howard Hughes was published. Irving claimed the book was based on in-person interviews with the reclusive billionaire, but they were, in fact, completely bogus.

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Clifford Irving, William Wheeler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2007
Box Office: $7.1M
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as Clifford Irving

as Richard Suskind

as Nina Van Pallandt

as Andrea Tate

as Ralph Graves

as Noah Dietrich

as Harold McGraw

as Albert Vanderkamp

as George Gordon Holmes

as Brad Silber

as Shelton Fisher

as Truman Capote

as Howard Hughes

as Careful Man No. 2

as Careful Man No. 3

as Martin Ackerman

as D.A. Newman

as McGraw-Hill Security

as Puffy Man

as Accountant

as Frank McCullough

as Feral Girl No. 1

as NBC Reporter No. 1

as NBC Reporter No. 2

as Frederick Van Pallan...

as Thick Voice

as Talia Merton

as Bike Messenger

as Sergeant Daniels

as Bahamas Desk Clerk

as Real Publisher No. 1
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Critic Reviews for The Hoax

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (39)

It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Highly entertaining.

Full Review… | September 1, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

I've never been a fan of Richard Gere, but he gives the performance of his career as Clifford Irving.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

The Hoax is the real thing. It's a breezy, engaging caper. It's like a heist film of the 1970s, but the pilferers are literary men not bank robbers.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Que Irving queira se sentir importante, é compreensível; que sua suposta cinebiografia compartilhe da fraude, nem tanto.

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
Cinema em Cena

An amazing story filled with twists, turns, intrigue, betrayals, hallucinations and close calls.

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Hoax


enjoyable perfomance by Gere

Bob Stinson

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Richard C

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"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story"

Arash Xak

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