The Hoax

$7m

DBO

$5m

FBO
15 2005 116 minutes Facebook

Synopsis

The Hoax is the thrilling and unbelievably true story of the man who nearly pulled off the media scam of the 20th century. In the early 1970s, author Clifford Irving writes a fake biography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, claiming that Hughes commissioned it, and sells the book to publishing giant McGraw-Hill. His credibility continually questioned as the ante is upped at every turn, Irving is forced to maintain the increasingly difficult charade as he strong-arms McGraw Hill to pay an unheard-of one million dollars for the rights to the story, acquires the illegally procured documents that will provide the foundation for the book and works around the clock to meet his publisher's deadline.

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The Hoax - The Power This Gives Us

The Hoax - The Power This Gives Us

Cliff receives an extremely powerful document from an unknown source. In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina)

The Hoax - The Book

The Hoax - The Book

When his publishers refuse to meet with him, Cliff makes up a story about working on "the most important book of the 20th century." In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Andrea Tate (Hope Davis)

The Hoax - Buoyant

The Hoax - Buoyant

Cliff and Dick infiltrate the Pentagon to obtain a hard copy of a Hughes federal testimony. In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina)

The Hoax - The Check

The Hoax - The Check

Irving uses the publishers' increasing desire for the hit autobiography to leverage even larger paychecks for himself and "Hughes." In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Shelton Fisher (Stanley Tucci)

The Hoax - Summoned

The Hoax - Summoned

Irving approaches his former publishers with a fantastical (and fabricated) story of being summoned by Howard Hughes. In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina), Andrea Tate (Hope Davis)

The Hoax - The Call

The Hoax - The Call

Cliff's former lover Nina calls him up out of the blue. In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina), Andrea Tate (Hope Davis), Nina Van Pallandt (Julie Delpy)

The Hoax - In Character

The Hoax - In Character

Cliff gets into character as Howard Hughes to record his "biography." In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina)

The Hoax - Deeper and Deeper

The Hoax - Deeper and Deeper

As the hoax gets more serious, Cliff comes up with a way to cover his tracks. In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina)

The Hoax - The Box

The Hoax - The Box

Cliff receives a mysterious box containing documents that could change everything about his book. In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere)

The Hoax - Windfall

The Hoax - Windfall

When Clifford gets good news from his publishers, he quickly starts upgrading his life. In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina), Edith Irving (Marcia Gay Harden)

Now Playing: The Hoax - The Power This Gives Us
Starring: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina

Cliff receives an extremely powerful document from an unknown source. In this scene: Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina)