Review: The Hoax

By Butterboom Writers  /  October 8, 2007

Richard Gere makes up a book about Howard Hughes.

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The Hoax, didn’t make it to Hong Kong cinemas, but is out on DVD and is one flick you should look to pick-up or rent.

Richard Gere (We don’t think we’ve seen any of his movies since Chicago) plays writer Clifford Irving in this true story about the writing of a fake autobiography of billionaire crazyman Howard Hughes. This all happened in 1972, Gere and his buddy (Dr. Octopus himself Alfred Molina) decide to fake a book about the life of Howard Hughes to be published by McGraw-Hill. If you saw Leonardo DiCaprio‘s The Aviator you only saw part of the enigma that was Howard Hughes. In the later part of his life, Hughes was so reclusive that he only spoke to people, even his closest aides, by handwritten memos and never made public appearances. So with this being public knowledge and Gere’s character a master of faking Hughes handwriting off we go into the story of the biggest literary scam of the 20th century.

The film has amazing performances all around, the pacing is tight and it plays out almost like a thriller/mysters/heist all at the same time, as you don’t know if Gere will get caught before the book is published and if and when Hughes will intervene. Absolutely riveting and blindly hilarious at the same time.

It’s kind of funny that true stories sometimes make for the best entertainment. Below is the trailer for The Hoax. The story of Howard Hughes is extraordinary and you should definitely try and find a real book about him, but for those who want a quickie read this.

And if you have 62 minutes this is a great interview with director Martin Scorsese and Cate Blanchett on The Charlie Rose Show looking at the filming of The Aviator as well as views on the life of Howard Hughes.

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