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The Hoax

The Diva's review of
The Hoax (2007)

 


The Hoax DVD Rated R; 115 minutes
Genre: Drama
Written by: William Wheeler, based on the novel by Clifford Irving
Directed by: Lasse Hallström.
Cast: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Stanley Tucci, Julie

Theatrical Release Date: 4/6/07 (wide)

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) wants to be a successful writer. He published a book that went nowhere. His next book has so much promise that he financially over extends himself, only to find out that the book will not be published. He is desperate, so much so that he doesn’t think twice about what pops in his head. While he traveling, he has the (mis)fortune to stay in Mexican hotel that is owned by Howard Hughes. Hughes wants to get in the pool so everyone in the hotel is kicked out. Cliff and his best friend Dick Susskind (Alfred Molina) were struck by the awesome power that brings. So much that Clifford convinces McGraw-Hill editor Andrea Tate (Hope Davis) and president Shelton Fisher (Stanley Tucci) that he interviewed Hughes and wants Cliff to tell his life story. Big deal right? Well yes. Howard Hughes is a recluse and a billionaire. He is also involved in litigation, constantly. Everyone wants to talk to him, learn about him and this so called autobiography will sell millions and with movie rights and magazine reprinting rights, it will make millions. Sheer luck continually provide Cliff and Dick with all kinds of inside information. Enough to continue convincing everyone that he really is working with Hughes. They never even question him about the large advancement checks that he is collecting and depositing. Cliff is so brazen that he tells McGraw-Hill to ignore the cease and desist letter from Hughes’ lawyers – and they do. But of course it can only last so long and eventually the house of cards collapses around their heads.
The Dish

Apparently this movie is a bit of a fraud in that it takes extreme license with the true events. That said, it was very enjoyable. It reminded me a bit of Catch Me If You Can It was a little exhilarating watching him playing this hoax and not getting caught. My one complaint was Marcia Gay Harden, I think she was a bit miscast. Her accent, I know she tried, was almost dreadful. I liked the pacing of it otherwise.


The Directive

This is one of those movies that is not going to make a gazillion dollars at the boxoffice, but it will have its following and will hopefully do well on DVD.

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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2006
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