The Hoax, directed by Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallstrom (Cider
House Rules, Chocolat, Casanova), is inspired by true events in the life of
Clifford Irving, played by Richard Gere (Chicago), a charismatic and charming
writer who persuades the world that he is the authorized biographer for the
reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. When his book is published amidst a swirl
of controversy Irving must scramble to prove his claims. Through a series of
devilish twists and turns, Irving is led to suspect a vast conspiracy is
plotting against him-- possibly involving even the highest level of the U.S.
government. Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Mystic River) Hope
Davis (Matador, Proof) and Alfred Molina (Chocolat, Boogie Nights) co-star in
this incredible story of international intrigue, powerful corporate empires and
beautiful women that is just too good to be true.
Richard Gere (born August 31, 1949) is an actor best known for his roles in "Pretty Woman," "An Officer and a Gentleman," and "Primal Fear." He is also an activist for causes like human rights in Tibet. See more about Richard Gere here.
The Hoax is a movie based a true story about Clifford Irving, a struggling writer who decides to write a biography on Howard Hughes, the eccentric and mentally ill billionaire.
Irving is played by Richard Gere, a practicing Buddhist that kissed Indian actress Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS Awareness rally for Indian truck drivers, a violation of the conservative Indian culture, which resulted in the warrant for arrest of both Gere and Shetty. Unfortunately, Gere was never arrested and has since acted in several movies.
The movie also stars Hope Davis (whose first movie was Flatliners), and Alfred Molina, though it was strange not seeing him without a spinal implant and 8 long metal legs supporting him.
Gere and Molina are working together to hype up the book and garner a book deal from a large book company. Their scheme gets complicated and they must work hard to keep up 'the hoax'. What perhaps is Howard Hughes last contact with the public, he does a phone interview with 7 reports to refute Irving's claim to have met him and write his biography.
Overall, I have this movie 3 stars. It was very average. Gere plays the same character that he plays in every movie, so nothing award-winning there, but it was interesting not seeing him with grey hair or a gerbil.
Molina, however, does a good job of playing a snivelling incompetant. The interactions with Howard Hughes are interesting from a historical perspective. But again, the movie is overly average.
Length: 115 min.
Distributor: Miramax Films
Release Date: 2007-04-06.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrцm
Produced by Anthony Katagas, Gary Levinsohn.
Written by William Wheeler (screenplay), Clifford Irving (novel).
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 Hallström (Chocolat), this tensely comedic story of deception, international intrigue, powerful corporate empires and beautiful women is a wild ride down the slippery slope of a lie run amuck.
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