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The Hoax

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Original title
The Hoax
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
William Wheeler. Novel: Clifford Irving
Carter Burwell
Oliver Stapleton
Miramax, Bob Yari Productions, The Mark Gordon Company, City Entertainment, Yari Film Group (YFG), H2L Media Group, Mutual Film Company, Stratus Film Co.
Drama | Biography. 1970s. Based On A True Story
In the early 70's, Clifford Irving wrote a bogus biography about Howard Hughes, famous tycoon and pre-war cinema and aviation icon, from which Martin Scorsese took inspiration for his movie The aviator. Afterwards, he sold the rights to the publisher McGraw-Hill and was given a 2½-year prison sentence in 1972 due to of his wrongdoing. Irving convinced his publisher that he'd developed a relationship with Howard Hughes, who by that time hadn't been seen in public for years. The writer, frustrated and disappointed, always lacking the great idea or the great chance to succeed, forged documents that appeared to prove he had the ear of the billionaire. Even when Hughes emerged momentarily from seclusion for a telephone news conference to say the book was bogus, McGraw-Hill continued to stand by Irving, who stuck to his story until he finally had no choice but to cop to his crime.
2007: Satellite Awards: Nominated Best Actor Comedy or Musical (Richard Gere)
2008: London Critics Circle Film Awards: Nominated British Supporting Actor (Molina)
2010: Golden Camera, Germany: Best International Actor (Richard Gere)
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