The Hoax is based on true events and stars Richard Gere as Clifford Irving, a writer who after having his book turned down for publication by his publishers sets about spoofing an autobiography by multimillionaire businessman Howard Hughes.
While investigating the life of the businessman Irving uncovers conspiracies regarding payments which are linked to President of the USA and he realises he has uncovered more than he bargained for. The book almost made publication but was pulled at the last moment when Howard Hughes went public and denied all knowledge of it. This book was part of the start of the ‘watergate’ scandal which eventually caused Richard Nixon to step down as President. Compelling viewing – especially the scenes were Gere is impersonating the millionaire for tape transcripts for his book.