The Hoax

2007

The Hoax (2007)

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

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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.

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Cast

Richard Gere
as Clifford Irving
Alfred Molina
as Richard Suskind
Julie Delpy
as Nina Van Pallandt
Hope Davis
as Andrea Tate
Zeljko Ivanek
as Ralph Graves
Eli Wallach
as Noah Dietrich
Christopher Evan Welch
as Albert Vanderkamp
Peter McRobbie
as George Gordon Holmes
David Aaron Baker
as Brad Silber
Stanley Tucci
as Shelton Fisher
Michael J. Burg
as Truman Capote
Milton Buras
as Howard Hughes
Don Picard
as Careful Man No. 2
Tim Gallin
as Careful Man No. 3
Stuart Margolin
as Martin Ackerman
Ted Neustadt
as D.A. Newman
James Biberi
as McGraw-Hill Security
John Rothman
as Puffy Man
Jeremiah Wiggins
as Accountant
John Bedford Lloyd
as Frank McCullough
Susan Misner
as Feral Girl No. 1
Michael Barkann
as NBC Reporter No. 1
Ian O'Malley
as NBC Reporter No. 2
Antonie Knoppers
as Frederick Van Pallandt
Jonathan Freeman
as Thick Voice
Marceline Hugot
as Talia Merton
Raul Julia Jr.
as Bike Messenger
Myk Watford
as Sergeant Daniels
Carlton Wilborn
as Bahamas Desk Clerk
Daniel Okrent
as Real Publisher No. 1
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Critic Reviews for The Hoax

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (37)

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

Dec 4, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Highly entertaining.

Sep 1, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4
USA Today
Top Critic

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

Aug 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

An elegant, entertaining parable of the emperor's new clothes.

Aug 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately, these smart, zeitgeisty riffs are just as implausible as the idea of an authorised Howard Hughes autobiography.

Aug 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

... a serious and amusing black farce that does without obvious heroes or villains ...

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hoax

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Richard C
Richard C

Super Reviewer

½

enjoyable perfomance by Gere

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

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

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

½

an intertaining film with some masterful directing touches by Lasse, but in the end I couldn't get over the David Suskind charactor - just too hyped up, and those bizarre non-sequitors - really drove this from an 8-9 down to a 7. The story itself and the way in which it was told is fascinating. Gere does a nice job in conveying the false bravado and inspired obsession of the Irving charactor, though I found his scenes with Gay Harden somewhat flat and emotionally false (which in part may have been intentional, as he was disolving into a maismus of his own deceptions - did he even believe his own feelings were genuine, or was he living through others, as his channelling of Hughes suggests). The way in which this, sometimes simple "people will believe what they want to believe" theme compeats with the bizantine manipulations of the almost absent (until absolutely neccessary) Hughes, is no easy task; yet Lasse juggles it all pretty well in final analysis. I enjoyed the visual in the magazine office, amidst all the "important" photos - Suskind does a melt-down while standing in front of the famous Hindenburg Disaster photo - my vieving partners missed it and were wondering at my horse laugh.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

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