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USA: Miramax Films
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Julie Delpy, Stanley Tucci, Eli Wallach, John Carter, Christopher Evan Welch, Zeljko Ivanek, David Aaron Baker, Peter McRobbie, John Bedford Lloyd, Okwui Okpokwasili, Stuart Margolin, Susan Misner
Director: Lasse Hallström
USA: 115 mins
UK: 116 mins
USA Rated: R for language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 20 April 2007
USA Release Date: 13 April 2007 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 3 August 2007
Golden Globe winner Richard Gere stars in the true story of Clifford Irving, a writer who has the biggest scoop of the 20th century - or does he?
After years spent struggling to find that one big story, Irving brazenly decides to make one up. He has been approached by the one man the entire world most wants to know about - aviator, movie mogul, ladies man and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes - to ink his priceless biography.
There's just one little problem: not a word of what Clifford is saying has an ounce of truth to it. He's never so much as seen a glimpse of the real Howard Hughes; a man who has not been seen in public for over a decade. Recruiting his anxiety-prone but loyal best friend Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina) and artist wife (Academy AwardŽ winner Marcia Gay Harden) into the scheme, Clifford soon finds himself in a wild maze of treachery as he is forced to dodge the fallout of his falsehoods at every turn. While publishers scramble to make Irving's audacious manuscript and dreams of fame a reality, what started as an adventurous lark soon turns into a seemingly inescapable maze of forgeries, thefts, tall tales and deception.
THE HOAX is directed by Lasse Hallström and based on Clifford Irving's own memoir of the same name.