• Publication date: July 1, 2011

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story The Hoax: The True Story Of A Major Lie

In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford Irving sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s.

Clifford Irving, a struggling writer desperate to be a famous bestselling author.

In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford Irving sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s.

Clifford Irving, a struggling writer desperate to be a famous bestselling author.

After his novel gets rejected, he concocts a crazy plot in which he convinces McGraw-Hill that he has been contacted by Howard Hughes in order to tell the official life story of the reclusive billionaire.

With the help of his friend, nervous writer Dick Suskind, and Irving's artist wife, Edith, he attempts to get away with one of the greatest literary hoaxes of the 20th century.

He goes to elaborate lengths to pull the wool over the eyes of his editor, Andrea Tate, as well as his publisher, Shelton Fisher, and the managing editor of Life magazine, Ralph Graves, who is offering big bucks to serialize the book.

As Irving gets deeper and deeper into the lies, he begins to embody Hughes, mimicking the way he looks and talks.

The film features excellent performances all around, including star turns by Eli Wallach as longtime Hughes employee Noah Dietrich and Julie Delpy as Nina Van Pallandt, a former flame of Irving's whom he can't shake loose.

This movie is rated R for language.

Year: 2006

Runtime: 116 mins

Genre: Comedy/ Drama

Starring:

Richard Gere

Eli Wallach

Marcia Gay Harden

Julie Delpy

Hope Davis

Michael J. Burg

Alfred Molina

Stanley Tucci

Stuart Margolin

Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom