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Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story.
|Golden Globe winner Richard Gere (Shall We Dance?, Chicago) leads a stellar cast in The Hoax, the thrilling and unbelievably true story of the man who almost pulled off the biggest literary con of the 20th century. When the charismatic Clifford Irving (Gere) convinces a major publishing house that Howard Hughes, the bigger-than-life billionaire recluse, has asked Irving to pen his authorized autobiography, Irving must concoct an elaborate scheme to prove his fake manuscript is real. Inspired by Irving's tell-all book The Hoax, and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat), this tensely comedic story of deception, international intrigue, powerful corporate empires and beautiful women is a wild rid down the slippery slope of a lie run amuck.|
"Comedy and suspense, satire and shame are all mashed together--with breezy confidence. David Ansen, NewsWeek
"Thanks to Hallstrom's slaphappy artistry and a sparkling ensemble, Hoax is a hoot. Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Gere gives 'em the old razzle-dazzle with his roguish charm and sharp comic timing. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...a gripping docudrama. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteRichard Gere gives one of the best performances of his career in Lasse Hallström's vastly entertaining THE HOAX, based on true events. Gere stars as Clifford Irving, a struggling writer desperate to be a famous bestselling author. After his novel gets rejected, he concocts a crazy plot in which he convinces McGraw-Hill that he has been contacted by Howard Hughes in order to tell the official life story of the reclusive billionaire. With the help of his friend, nervous writer Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina), and Irving's artist wife, Edith (Marcia Gay Harden), he attempts to get away with one of the greatest literary hoaxes of the 20th century. He goes to elaborate lengths to pull the wool over the eyes of his editor, Andrea Tate (Hope Davis), as well as his publisher, Shelton Fisher (Stanley Tucci), and the managing editor of Life magazine, Ralph Graves (Zeljko Ivanek), who is offering big bucks to serialize the book. As Irving gets deeper and deeper into the lies, he begins to embody Hughes, mimicking the way he looks and talks. The film features excellent performances all around, including star turns by Eli Wallach as longtime Hughes employee Noah Dietrich (a part played by John C. Reilly in Martin Scorsese's THE AVIATOR) and Julie Delpy as Nina Van Pallandt, a former flame of Irving's whom he can't shake loose. Director Hallström (MY LIFE AS A DOG, CHOCOLAT, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES) shows a deft hand with the complex material; William Wheeler based the script in part on Clifford Irving's own memoir. The soundtrack prominently features Richie Havens's version of "Here Comes the Sun," along with songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The Hoax - DVD Review
By: Jay Antani filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 10/5/2007 5:03 PM
|Everybody loves a good con artist, a guy who can bluff his way into or out of anything. He's isn't violent, not a gangster, but a smooth-talking charmer whose poker face doesn't flinch no matter how dangerous or delicate the situation gets. Lasse Hallstrm's latest, The Hoax, offers a portrait of such a con artist, a real-life fabulist who makes James Frey (the disgraced "non-fiction" writer behind 2003's A Million Little Pieces) and his shenanigans look like chump change. Richard Gere, perfectly cast, plays Clifford Irving, a down-and-out writer who in 1971 wrote (and nearly got published) a fake biography of Howard Hughes....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Marcia Gay Harden|
|Andrew Mondshein - Editor|
|Betsy Beers - Producer|
|Carter Burwell - Original Music By|
|Clifford Irving - Based On Book By|
|Gary Levinsohn - Executive Producer|
|Lasse Hallstrom - Director|
|Mario Ventenilla - Art Director|
|Mark Ricker - Production Designer|
|Oliver Stapleton - Cinematographer|
|William Wheeler - Screenplay|
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