The Hoax


1h 55m 2006

Brief Synopsis

In 1971, Clifford Irving, an ambitious yet struggling writer who's been looking for that one big story for so long, brazenly decides to make one up. At first the idea is just a savvy artistic prank, but if that's what the world wants, Irving believes he can take it further. Shrouding himself in a cl

Film Details

Also Known As
Hoax
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Buckley Norris; Christina Born; Manuel Reyes
Distribution Company
EAGLE PICTURES/MIRAMAX
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Synopsis

In 1971, Clifford Irving, an ambitious yet struggling writer who's been looking for that one big story for so long, brazenly decides to make one up. At first the idea is just a savvy artistic prank, but if that's what the world wants, Irving believes he can take it further. Shrouding himself in a clever cloud of secrecy, he drops the news to a major publisher that he has been approached by the one man the entire world most wants to know about--aviator, movie mogul, ladies man and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes--to ink his priceless biography. There's just one little problem: not a word of what Clifford is saying has an ounce of truth to it. He's never so much as seen a glimpse of the real Howard Hughes. But Irving banks on the idea that Hughes' seclusion and notoriously thin hold on reality will allow the con to succeed. Hughes has not been seen or heard from in public for over a decade. He is a total recluse. Irving relies on this fact to protect his bogus story--as Hughes refuses to confirm or deny anything so prevalent is his fear of appearing in public. Recruiting his anxiety-prone but loyal best friend Dick Suskind and European artist wife into the scheme, Clifford soon finds himself in a wild maze of treachery, as he is forced to dodge the fallout of his falsehoods at every turn. What started as an adventurous lark soon turns into a seemingly inescapable maze of forgeries, thefts, tall tales, deceptions and impersonations. Yet Clifford's plan works like magic as his publishers, hungry for a bestseller at any cost, are hoodwinked by the thrill of it all. When Clifford stumbles upon possible links between Hughes and a corrupt Nixon administration, the stakes for his book grow even higher. Clifford is on top of the world until the real Howard Hughes shockingly emerges to pull the rug out from under him. Only now, Clifford is so caught up in the tale he created that he may no longer know where his incredible story ends and reality begins.

Crew

Mariel Acevedo

Grip

Carlos Acosta

On-Set Dresser

Michael Adkins

Wardrobe Supervisor

Nick Aiello

Gaffer

James C Allen

Carpenter

Bobby Andres

Apprentice

Robert M Andres

Key Grip

Frank Angelcyk

Apprentice

Robert Arietta

Foreman

Robert Arietta

Scenic Artist

William Arnot

Camera Operator

William Arnot

Steadicam Operator

Jose X Arribas

Set Production Assistant

Meredith Barchat

Scenic Artist

Guy Barker

Song

Eileen Barrett

Hair Stylist

Michael Bartol

Assistant

Allison Barton

Grip

Joseph Battaglia

Stunt Double

Jamie Baxter

Matte Painter

Ryan Beadle

Digital Effects Artist

Anthony Beaudoin

Accountant

Betsy Beers

Producer

Francisco Beltran

Craft Service

Annie Benedict

Production Assistant

Mark Bentley

On-Set Dresser

Joe Berger

Production Assistant

Rori Bergman

Casting Assistant

Rebecca Bernard

Apprentice

Alejandro Berrios

Set Production Assistant

Sajid Berrios

Grip

Ricardo L Betancourt

Set Production Assistant

Stephen G. Bishop

Hair Stylist

Kevin Black

Accounting Assistant

Tim Blockburger

Assistant Director

Christina Born

Production Insurance

Ariel Bowman

Production Assistant

Coburn Boyd

On-Set Dresser

Ernest Leif Boyd

Apprentice Editor

Tommy Boyer

Costumer

Joanna Brett

Assistant Costume Designer

Dennis A Brown

Finance Manager

Milton Buras

Hair Stylist

Kenneth J Burke

Key Rigging Grip

Carter Burwell

Original Music

Carter Burwell

Music Conductor

Jeff Butcher

Property Master

Allan Byer

Sound Mixer

Vic Caesar

Song

Vic Caesar

Song Performer

Claudia Calderon

Set Production Assistant

Steve Caldwell

Digital Effects Artist

Paola Cambo Diaz

Assistant Location Manager

Tony Campenni

Dolly Grip

Jim Campolongo

Assistant

Jorge Carangui

Caterer

Keith Carlock

Song

Keith Carlock

Music

Yasiri Castro

Office Production Assistant

Aurora Cedeno Danielson

On-Set Dresser

Christopher Cenatiempo

Assistant Camera

Al Cerullo

Helicopter Pilot

Wayne Cerullo

Coordinator

Amy Chaudry

Set Production Assistant

Sam Chwat

Dialect Coach

John J Ciccimarro

Carpenter

Marta Lila Cintron

Makeup Artist

Chan Claggett

Location Manager

Luann Claps

Makeup

Patsy Cline

Song Performer

Isaac Cohen

Carpenter

Leslie Colombani

Swing

John Comer

Security

David Cooney

Storyboard Artist

John Copeman

Stunts

Francisco Cordero Malave

Swing

Kathleen Corgan

Assistant Camera

Ray Cork Jr.

Song

Soraya Cosme-duran

Office Production Assistant

Kathy Cossu

Medic

Jen Cox

Production Accountant

Chris Coyne

Location Assistant

Sarah Crofts

Location Assistant

Angel O Cruz

Makeup Artist

Armando Cruz

Assistant Camera

Milagros Nunez Cruz

Wardrobe

Ramon Cuadrado

Grip

Robert Currie

Assistant Property Master

Michael Cycan

Carpenter

Ben D'andrea

Grip

Sam Dabbs

Digital Effects

Jeremiah Dalton

Dolly Grip

Betsy Davis

Production Secretary

Mike Dechant

Set Production Assistant

Dan Denitto

Grip

Matt Devine

Office Production Assistant

Thomas M Digirolomo

Office Production Assistant

Derin Dobra

Camera Assistant

Juan A Dominguez

Location Assistant

Kat Donahue

Location Coordinator

Alexandra Dorian

Apprentice

Dennis Dorney

Visual Effects Editor

Mark Dornfeld

Visual Effects Supervisor

Philip Douglas

Set Production Assistant

Richard Dowgin

Grip

Meridith Driscoll

Set Costumer

Syd Dutton

Visual Effects

Erin Eggers

Coproducer

Lou Elissalde

Apprentice

Sofi Eloy

Props

Jerry Encarnacion

Swing

Federco Torres Estrada

Craft Service

Alice Farrell

Casting

Michael Farrow

Music Engineer

Jorge Fernandez

Props

Robert Fernandez

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Frank Ferro

Assistant Director

Michele Ferrone

Visual Effects Producer

Alan Feschold

Grip

Tony Finno

Music

Dan Fisher

Props Assistant

Andrew Fishman

Grip

James Fitzgerald

Set Production Assistant

Maurice Fitzgerald

Transportation Captain

Mo Flam

Gaffer

Paul Fletcher

Carpenter

John Fogerty

Song

Jason Foster

Assistant Camera

Samuel Friedman

Swing

Amy Fritz

Art Department Coordinator

Lauren Fritz

Location Scout

Richie Furay

Song

Viviana Fusaro

Set Production Assistant

Hearn Gadbois

Music

Jim Galvin

Generator Operator

Carola Garcia

On-Set Dresser

Ivette Garcia

Set Production Assistant

Joseph Garzero

Scenic Artist

Adam Gass

Visual Effects Editor

Melissa Gelernter

Assistant Production Coordinator

James Genus

Music

Suzanne Patmore Gibbs

Coproducer

Heidi Gleason

Makeup Artist

Kelly Gleason

Makeup Artist

Jenn Godin

Post-Production Coordinator

Ben Gold

Associate Editor

Immer Rodriguez Gonzales

On-Set Dresser

David Gonzalez

Assistant Location Manager

Mark R. Gordon

Producer

Paul W. Gorfine

Scenic Artist

Milton Grana

Aerial Director Of Photography

Jill Graves

Costumer

Ann Gray

Post-Production Coordinator

Dennis Green

Video Playback

Kevin Asher Green

Set Production Assistant

Kevin Asher Green

Office Production Assistant

Homer Greencastle

Song

Bill Gregory

Carpenter

Lauren Kells Guilmartin

Set Production Assistant

Gary Dean Hadlock

Stunt Double

Andrea Hanson

Assistant

Rj Harbour

Digital Effects Artist

George Harrison

Song

Roy E Harrison

Stunts

Richie Havens

Song Performer

Matt Havron

Music Coordinator

Michael Hekmat

Set Production Assistant

Brian Heller

Camera Operator

Lawrence Herman

Sound Editor

Angel D Hernandez

Craft Service

Amanda Hernandez Perez

Assistant

Joel Holland

Video Assist/Playback

Leslie Holleran

Producer

Gavin Holmes

Carpenter

Shaina Holmes

Digital Effects Artist

Harold Horn

Foreman

Meredith Hudson

Apprentice

Nick Iannelli

Visual Effects Producer

Nydia Ibarra

Hair Stylist

Clifford Irving

Source Material

Meredith Jacobson-marciano

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Mick Jagger

Song

Kenton Jakub

Adr Editor

Jacqueline Jimenez

Makeup Artist

Roberto Jimenez

Gaffer

Thomas Jirgal

Rigging Grip

Drew Jiritano

Special Effects Coordinator

Bashiri Johnson

Music

Anne Joyce

Photography

Bill Kane

Transportation Coordinator

Henry Kaplan

On-Set Dresser

Todd Kasow

Music Editor

Anthony G. Katagas

Executive Producer

Anthony G. Katagas

Unit Production Manager

Mary A Kelly

Script Supervisor

Nicholas Kim

Digital Effects Artist

Bonnie Kinsley

Production Coordinator

Dan Korintus

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Mike Krebs

Assistant Camera

Zoraida Sanjurjo L=pez

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Film Details

Also Known As
Hoax
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Buckley Norris; Christina Born; Manuel Reyes
Distribution Company
EAGLE PICTURES/MIRAMAX
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States April 13, 2007

Limited Release in United States April 6, 2007

Released in United States October 2006

Released in United States on Video October 16, 2007

Released in United States September 2007

Released in United States Spring April 6, 2007

Shown at Rome Film Festival (Premiere) October 13-21, 2006.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi - Pearls) September 20-29, 2007.

Based on the memoir "The Hoax" written by Clifford Irving; published by Franklin Watts, 1981.

Limited Release in United States April 6, 2007

Released in United States Spring April 6, 2007

Expanded Release in United States April 13, 2007

Released in United States September 2007 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi - Pearls) September 20-29, 2007.)

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Rome Film Festival (Premiere) October 13-21, 2006.)

Released in United States on Video October 16, 2007

Project was included on the 2005 Black List.