The Hoax, 2006
Richard 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.