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½ June 16, 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.
½ October 6, 2015
Gere's very good here and the story and pace fly by with a very entertaining result.
½ January 20, 2015
Buena ambientaciòn y caracterizaciones, pero le faltò algo.
December 5, 2014
Interesting take on an event I well remember. Quite suspenseful in parts, even when you know how it ends.
December 1, 2014
Good movie and well acted
½ November 19, 2014
El director Lasse Hallstrom ("Chocolat") nos ofrece una divertida cinta basada en la vida del escritor Clifford Irving, quien escribió la "biografía oficial" del excéntrico Howard Hughes supuestamente basada en entrevistas personales, cuando en realidad todo fue producto del engaño. Richard Gere es magnífico interpretando a este mentiroso compulsivo de comportamiento autodestructivo que logró engañar a la editorial McGraw Hill, Imperdible.
September 15, 2014
really enjoyed this one
½ June 22, 2014
Implausibly plausible true story of literary deception that indirectly leads to Watergate. Interesting and engaging film elevated by a very talented cast.
½ May 1, 2014
Directed by Lasse Hallström (What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Cider House Rules (1999) and Chocolat (2000)), this is based on the 1981 book of the same title by Clifford Irving, and it tells of a simple hoax Irving attempted to pull off in 1971. It sounded like the perfect crime, but their greed let them down, it makes for a good film but they did take liberties with the film, and sounds a bit too unbelievable. In 1971, author Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) has done a book about art forger Elmyr de Hory called Fake! Which hasn't sold well, and he's struggling to get his next book published, but after a chance encounter with fellow writer Richard Suskind (Alfred Molina) in Puerto Rico, they note how a hotel has been entirely vacated to make way for reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. Irving comes up with an idea, and tells publishing bosses at McGraw-Hill that he's the ghost writer on an autobiography Hughes is writing. Irving and Susking work on the fake autobiography, but it all comes apart at the seems when they're unable to keep up with their lies. It's a good idea for a film, and Gere and Molina make a good double act throughout the film, but the true story of how it happened was a complex web of lies, whereas the film version just scratches the surface of what really happened, combining incidents and removing key facts, which hurt the film sadly.
½ January 29, 2014
well crafted com-dram i liked this one
½ December 22, 2013
Richard Gere and Alfred Molina turn in impressive performances in this engaging true story.
December 5, 2013
This movie is memorable in many ways. 1. It shows what a great underrated actor Richard Gere is. 2. It show what a slimy scumbag money grabbing shyster Clifford Irving was.
November 14, 2013
The first half is easily stronger than the second, but The Hoax is still a fascinating story and features the best Richard Gere performance I've seen.
October 25, 2013
Bluff and lie and you can get away with anything makes a great scenario for a movie and this one takes this level to heights of great entertainment. It is a quirky story as one can imagine with any American look at their most famous billionaire. The cast make this film intriguing, mysterious and fun allowing for a relaxing time looking at the fun of the business bluff. Nibbles: Bagels and Cheese.
June 8, 2013
The Hoax mixes very well reality and imagination, the nature of lies and shadowy situations, with the charm of Richard Gere in the lead role.
April 28, 2013
The Hoax is a fascinating and consistently entertaining true story that's downright impossible to believe at times, and the film never lets you forget just how ridiculous these events seem to be, yet in the end you buy into every word.
April 12, 2013
This "based on real events" movie was very nice. The pacing, the acting, the "near miss" moments added a lot anxiety to the plot. The bad thing is that so many events of the story were made up, that even the real culprit (Clifford Irving) after reading the script, asked his name to be taken out of the picture. I do understand some "artistic license" is taken sometimes for dramatic effects, but to add so many made up things, kills the intention of the film. Hey, the real story was awesome on it's own, why tinker with it?
April 2, 2013
Richard Gere stars as Clifford Irving, an author who in this story based on true events tries his luck at a huge literary hoax when he tried to get a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes published. The overall result of this film is very entertaining, thanks to its fast pace and good script based on Irving's own memoirs but also the leading man himself who turns in an excellent performance.
March 24, 2013
Very engaging story with a bit of an A BEAUTIFUL MIND storyline thrown in. Great performance by Richard Gere. One of these days, that man is going to be recognized by the Academy for his work.
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