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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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.

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
John Carter
as Harold McGraw
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

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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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