The HoaxApril 20, 2007
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.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 6.8/10 (10,496 voted)
Critic's Score: 70/100
Stars: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, David Aaron Baker
Early in 1971, 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 Dick 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?
Writers: William Wheeler, Clifford Irving
David Aaron Baker
Raul Julia Jr.
Christopher Evan Welch
Sporting Goods Salesman
Marcia Gay Harden
Nina Van Pallandt
Fredrick Van Pallandt
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Release Date: 20 April 2007
Filming Locations: Armonk, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: €19,313
(27 May 2007)
(27 May 2007)
Did You Know?
The code name given to the project by the publisher is "Project Octavio." Alfred Molina, who played the role of Richard Suskind, played Dr. Otto Octavius in the movie
Coca-Cola can design during Sixties flashback is wrong.
You're always so careful when you talk, always so soft like a cushion for what you want. But I am leaving. But before I go, I give you something. You are exhausted from your lies. So tell the truth. Tell me the truth about what you did with her this time. It is your moment to be clean.
I saw her.
A character driven drama of the highest caliber
Now here's a movie almost doomed to the back pages of cinema history.
Only playing at one cinema in my area and having grossed a mere 3
million in two weeks at the box office, it might just be only a matter
of time before this movie fades away and is forgotten. That would be
quite the shame as the Hoax is quite the movie, and a real treat for
the very few people who are actually willing to give it a chance.
"The Hoax" is the story of Clifford Irving, a struggling author
pitching ideas to the McGraw-Hill company. As his most recent novel is
blasted by critics before release, a desperate Clifford promises his
editors and publishers the story of the century, without having
precisely figured out what that is. That is until he stumbles onto it
(literally). Clifford decides to con the whole world into believing
that the reclusive enigmatic billionaire Howard Hughes has commissioned
him to write his autobiography.
What follows is an intriguing and enthralling romp through the mazes of
lies and deceptions that Clifford and is "co-author" Dick Suskind have
spun. Eventually, the fictitious story snowballs past anything the two
writers could believe as revelations into accounts of fraud and
blackmail begin to penetrate the highest offices, and it all begins to
come crashing down.
"The Hoax" is a character driven drama of the highest caliber. The
sharp direction and writing, and excellent casting make it hard to
ignore. Richard Gere and Alfred Molina give career high performances,
and the supporting Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Hayden just round the film
This is one of the best movies of 2007 so far. It may not have as wide
an appeal as other outings, but it's thoroughly enjoyable all the same.