The Hoax

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  116 min.
Release Date: April 6, 2007 (limited)
DVD: October 16, 2007

Current rating: Rating: 3.42
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Cast: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Julie Delpy


In 1970, authors Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) and Richard Suskind (Alfred Molina) get together and devise a scheme that they're sure will make them wealthy. After doing extensive research, Irving writes an unauthorized biography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes – filled with fictional events.

Using forged documents, he convinces publishing company McGraw-Hill that he has a close relationship with Hughes, and successfully signs a lucrative book deal. Naturally, when the bogus book comes out, experts immediately question its authenticity, but McGraw-Hill stands by Irving. Irving’s plan is carried out so persuasively that even when Hughes momentarily emerges from seclusion to address the media in a telephone news conference and discredits the book, McGraw-Hill continues to support him.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Mark Gordon, Betsy Beers, Leslie Holleran, Bob Yari, Joshua D. Maurer
Screenplay: William Wheeler
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  • 4 stars "I really liked this movie. Gere gives a surprisingly strong performance."
  • 4 stars "I thought this was an excellent film. Brilliant performances by Gere, Molina and Hope Davis. A very engaging movie, and an interesting look into the complex scheme."