The Hoax, 2006

DVD CoverRichard Gere stars as Clifford Irving, a failed writer, who writes a fake biography of the mysterious and crazy Howard Hughes.  Alfred Molina is his friend and research partner and they sell this ‘book’ to McGraw Hill using forged documents for a six figure deal.  Marcia Gay Harden is his long suffering wife who will do what she can to help, even if it is dangerous and illegal.

This is based on a true story, although as Jason and I watched it we often asked ‘how true is it?’.  The connection between Hughes and President Nixon was an interesting one that I hadn’t heard before.  Clifford Irving was bold, reckless, delusional and also a world class liar.  I find it hard to root for liars and this was no exception.  I like Richard Gere and I hated hoping for his demise.

I thought the acting was good and the story was interesting.  I won’t give away what happens at the end, but there is a nice wrap-up to satisfy your curiousity.