The Hoax 2007

The Hoax

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

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In the early 1970s, author Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), with accomplice Richard Suskind (Alfred Molina), attempts to pull off one of the greatest media scams of the century. He writes a fake biography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, claiming that Hughes authorized it, and sells the book to publishing giant McGraw-Hill.

Cast & Crew

Richard Gere
Clifford Irving
Alfred Molina
Richard Suskind
Hope Davis
Andrea Tate
Stanley Tucci
Shelton Fisher
Eli Wallach
Noah Dietrich
Zeljko Ivanek
Ralph Graves
John Carter
Harold McGraw
Christopher Evan Welch
Albert Vanderkamp
Bob Yari
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Anthony Katagas
Executive Producer
Gary Levinsohn
Executive Producer
Oliver Stapleton
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Critic Reviews for The Hoax

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Audience Reviews for The Hoax

  • Jun 03, 2016
    Based on actual events, The Hoax tells the incredible true story behind one of the most daring cons of the late 20th century. After the rejection of his latest novel, Clifford Irving comes up with an audacious scheme to write and sell a fake "autobiography" of the eccentric and reclusive billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes. Starring Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, and Hope Davis, the cast is fairly strong and delivers some impressive performances. Additionally, the film does a good job at showing how Irving's obsession with Hughes causes him to take on some of Hughes' paranoia and manipulative tendencies. There are also some interesting hints that Irving was just one piece in a larger game being played between Hughes and President Nixon. Extraordinarily compelling, The Hoax is a fascinating character study that provides a unique look at the cultural zeitgeist of the 1970s.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    An enjoyable movie, made better by being true. The good chemistry between Gere and Molina made all the more believable and humerious.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2010
    A good film that could have been much better if someone other than Richard Gere was chosen for the lead role. Sometimes Gere surprises me. Most often, he disappoints. It is the latter in this case.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2009
    Not as well-put together as "The Informant", which I found to be funnier and more entertaining, but just as crazy.
    Richard F Super Reviewer

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