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The Hoax

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(15) 116min

Enjoyable and thoughtful caper movie based on the true story of journalist Clifford Irving who, in 1971, claimed he had interviewed America’s most reclusive man – billionaire Howard Hughes. It was, of course, a hoax that escalated as money changed hands and Irving became more elaborate and less careful with his claims. Lasse Hallström, and screenwriter William Wheeler’s entertaining riff on celebrity and media truth is as enticing and convincing as its protagonist, played superbly here by Richard Gere in something of a return to form. Very good support too from Michael J Burg, Julie Delpy, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden.

General release from Fri 3 Aug.

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The Hoax

  • 4 stars
  • 2006
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
  • Cast: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden

Enjoyable and thoughtful caper movie based on the true story of journalist Clifford Irving who in 1971 falsely claimed he had interviewed America's most reclusive man - billionaire Howard Hughes. William Wheeler's entertaining riff on celebrity and media truth is as enticing and convincing as its protagonist who is played…

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