• Publication date: May 15, 2013

The Hoax

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.

  • Publication date: May 15, 2013

The Hoax

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 2006

MBC 2:

October 19, 2013 12:30 (KSA) ~ October 19, 2013 11:30 (CLT)

Early in 1971, McGraw-Hill passes on Clifford Irving's new novel.

He's desperate for money, so, against the backdrop of Nixon's reelection calculations, Irving claims he has Howard Hughes's cooperation to write Hughes's autobiography.

With the help of friend Dick Suskind, Irving does research, lucks into a manuscript written by a long-time Hughes associate, and plays on corporate greed.

He's quick-thinking and outrageously bold. Plus, he banks on Hughes's reluctance to enter the public eye.

At the same time, he's trying to rebuild his marriage and deflect the allure of his one-time mistress, Nina Van Pallandt.

Can he write a good book, take the money, and pull off the hoax?


  • Richard Gere
  • Alfred Molina
  • Marcia Gay Harden
  • James Biberi
  • Hope Davis
  • Christopher Evan Welch

Directed by:LasseHallstrom

Rating: R for language