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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.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 204966065
UPC 786936702019
UPC 14 00786936702019
Format DVD
Release Date 8/29/2010
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Alfred Molina - Actor
Andrew Mondshein - Editor
Betsy Beers - Producer
Carter Burwell - Original Music By
Clifford Irving - Based On Book By
Gary Levinsohn - Executive Producer
Hope Davis - Actor
Lasse Hallstrom - Director
Marcia Gay Harden - Actor
Mario Ventenilla - Art Director
Mark Ricker - Production Designer
Oliver Stapleton - Cinematographer
Richard Gere - Actor
William Wheeler - Screenplay
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review ...[Richard Gere] is not the first suave Buddhist I'd think of to play dark, curly, Jewish New Yorker Irving, but the quick-witted Gere who schemes and fast-talks his way around the snappy, plugged-in scam saga The Hoax is like no Gere I've seen before...Permed and dyed to verisimilitude, a bit pouchy of build and packed into jackets that mean to look sharp but only look eager to look sharp, Gere takes to the outlandish liar he plays with what might well be called impassioned honesty...True facts about Irving's falsehoods are only the starting point here. The Hoax expands and darkens, in the sophisticated script by under-the-radar screenwriter William Wheeler, to comment on the deception and power games that defined Watergate-era America...There are lies -- or at least fictions, fantasies, and conjectures about Irving -- thrown into The Hoax. But the movie's aim is true.
Reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum
ReviewRating 9
Review Who knew that Lasse Hallstrom, the stolid purveyor of picture book-pretty, tasteful, and rather sleepily paced middlebrow fare like Chocolat (2000) and The Cider House Rules (1999) was just waiting to unleash his inner Billy Wilder? For that's who Hallstrom most pointedly evokes with his latest film, the exhilarating and wickedly funny black comedy, The Hoax, a jazzy, whip-smart, and mischievous account of the one of the great literary cons of the twentieth century: the notorious Howard Hughes autobiography scam, nearly pulled off by writer Clifford Irving in the early 1970s...Overall, the many sophisticated pleasures of The Hoax far outnumber the film's few, relatively minor flaws. Unlike Irving, who served fourteen months in prison for committing fraud, the filmmakers, cast, and crew rarely make a false move in The Hoax.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 9
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Claudia Puig, USA Today ...lures you in with its captivating performances.
David Ansen, NewsWeek Comedy and suspense, satire and shame are all mashed together--with breezy confidence.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Thanks to Hallstrom's slaphappy artistry and a sparkling ensemble, Hoax is a hoot.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Gere gives 'em the old razzle-dazzle with his roguish charm and sharp comic timing.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...a gripping docudrama.

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