THE HOAX

Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness

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Release Date: April 06, 2007

Starring: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina,
Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis,
Julie Delpy, and Stanley Tucci

Genre: Historical Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 116 minutes

Distributor: Miramax Films/Buena Vista/The
Walt Disney Company

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Mark Gordon, Leslie Holleran,
Joshua D. Maurer, Betsy Beers,
and Bob Yari

Writer: William Wheeler

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Content:

(B, RH, LLL, V, S, N, AA, D, M) Light moral worldview about a charming, but deceitful, writer who almost gets away with the hoax of the century, plus some revisionist history, most of which is relatively inconsequential on a macro level so that the basic spirit of the truth seems to be retained; at least 42 obscenities (including many "f" words), 10 strong profanities and 11 light profanities; some violence includes men throw man from high balcony, and he lands in pool, and ominous scenes threatening violence; implied adultery in one scene when man meets woman in her bedroom (they are both married to different people) and implied fornication and adultery by two men with two women who appear to be prostitutes; upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, lying, fraud, stealing, deceit, and forgery are exposed, but the movie invents a slander against at least one character, an author, who is now dead.

Summary:

THE HOAX tells the fascinating story of how writer Clifford Irving snookered McGraw Hill Publishing and the entire nation in 1971 with a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. Starring Richard Gere as Irving, THE HOAX is a fascinating, funny and suspenseful, but overlong and at times slow, portrait. It also contains some very strong foul language and sexual references

Review:

** Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness **

TITLE: THE HOAX

Quality: * * * Acceptability: -2

SUBTITLES: None

WARNING CODES:

Language: LLL

Violence: V

Sex: S

Nudity: N

RATING: R

RELEASE: April 6, 2007

TIME: 116 minutes

STARRING: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Julie Delpy, and Stanley Tucci

DIRECTOR: Lasse Hallstrom

PRODUCERS: Mark Gordon, Leslie Holleran, Joshua D. Maurer, Betsy Beers, and Bob Yari

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: None

WRITER: William Wheeler

BASED ON THE BOOK BY: Clifford Irving

DISTRIBUTOR: Miramax Films/Buena Vista/The Walt Disney Company

CONTENT: (B, RH, LLL, V, S, N, AA, D, M) Light moral worldview about a charming, but deceitful, writer who almost gets away with the hoax of the century, plus some revisionist history, most of which is relatively inconsequential on a macro level so that the basic spirit of the truth seems to be retained; at least 42 obscenities (including many "f" words), 10 strong profanities and 11 light profanities; some violence includes men throw man from high balcony, and he lands in pool, and ominous scenes threatening violence; implied adultery in one scene when man meets woman in her bedroom (they are both married to different people) and implied fornication and adultery by two men with two women who appear to be prostitutes; upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, lying, fraud, stealing, deceit, and forgery are exposed, but the movie invents a slander against at least one character, an author, who is now dead.

GENRE: Historical Drama

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Teenagers and adults

In Brief:

THE HOAX tells the fascinating story of how writer Clifford Irving snookered McGraw Hill Publishing and the entire nation in 1971 with a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. Richard Gere takes on the role of Irving. Using skills he may have picked up from an art forger, Irving forges a series of handwritten personal letters from Hughes to him. With help from his long-time assistant Dick Susskind, played by Alfred Molina, Irving steals an unpublished memoir by a former right-hand man of Hughes. They pepper their own version of the memoir with painstaking research and fake interviews with Hughes. Irving's public lies to his publishers make his private lies to his wife easier, and vice versa.

THE HOAX is a little long and complicated, but it is entertaining, funny and suspenseful. The cast is excellent, especially Richard Gere, Alfred Molina and Marcia Gay Harden. THE HOAX is a fascinating portrait of a charming, audacious man with some big moral flaws. The movie becomes more fascinating as one explores its themes. THE HOAX does contain, however, some very strong foul language and sexual references, so MOVIEGUIDEĀ® advises extreme caution.