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The Hoax - 2007
Movie Reviews -- week of 04/23/2007

THE HOAX
RATING
3 out of 4 Stars
CAST & CREW
Richard Gere, Michael J. Burg
THEATRICAL RELEASE
04-13-2007
MPAA RATING
R
RUNTIME
1 Hour(s) 55 Mins
RELEASE COMPANY
Miramax Films
GENRE
Drama
Review: Unable to land a legitimate book deal with McGraw-Hill, Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) tries another angle. He thoroughly convinces the editors that he is in contact with the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and that he has been chosen by Mr. Hughes to assist him in writing his autobiography. Thus the lie is born and the scam is set into motion. Friend, and author, Dick Susskind (Alfred Molina) goes along with the hoax as a dedicated friend and business partner, always there to lend a hand.

With the gall and finesse that only a master of deceit can pull off, Irving carries off his plan in spite of any number of roadblocks, including inspections by handwriting analysts, psychologists and wary publishers. Boldly, brilliantly and never backing down as inch, the scammer-biographer ventures forward with his project, never flinching, never looking back.

One very interesting aspect of the film is its political backdrop, the turbulent 1970’s. Film clips of Nixon, references to Watergate, street riots, anti-war demonstrations and vintage music give the viewers a trip back in time. The old adage of truth being stranger than fiction certainly applies to “The Hoax,” the Clifford Irving book that serves as the basis for the movie.

Marcia Gay Harden is great as Clifford’s long suffering wife and his partner in crime, Edith. Well acted and carefully directed by Lasse Hallstrom, anyone who loves a good scam will enjoy watching “The Hoax.”


by Mary Morgan is a member of the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association.
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