Francois and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behaviour can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job.
Francois insists on an atmosphere of repsect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.
The Hoax movie trailer - starring Alfred Molina, Richard Gere, Stanley Tucci, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Julie Delpy. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Theatrical Release Date: 4/6/2007
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In 1971, author Clifford Irving is feeling cheated when his latest manuscript, which looked sure to be published by McGraw-Hill, is ultimately rejected. After that rejection, his primary contact at the publishing house, Andrea Tate, seems ready to place him on her do not call list. As such, Clifford tells her that he is working on the most important book of the twentieth century, which in reality is a total fabrication, as is his ultimate idea for the book: that he has been asked by billionaire recluse Howard Hughes to write his autobiography. Clifford, who has never met Hughes and has never been contacted by Hughes, is banking on past history of Hughes not coming out in public to decry Clifford's book as being a fake, as is the situation with a current case involving TWA which could cost Hughes monetarily if the case goes against him and which Hughes has not come out publicly to defend. If Clifford's assertions of the book are indeed true, Andrea and her colleagues at McGraw-Hill are highly interested. Along for the ride with Clifford are his long time friend and researcher, Dick Suskind, who likes the idea when it seems to be working, but seems ready to fold under the pressure whenever they are close to being caught; and Clifford's artist wife, Edith Irving, who takes on the pseudonym Helga R. Hughes to be able to cash the checks made out to H.R. Hughes. Clifford and Dick luck into personal information about Hughes which would assist in writing an accurate autobiography. They also mysteriously come into possession of some information which if included in the book would entirely change its focus but have the potential for far reaching political consequences. But Clifford's personal life, which includes an affair with actress Nina Van Pallandt, and his own grip on what is true and isn't may ultimately be his downfall.
The intriguing and comedic account of how the bogus Howard Hughes autobiography by Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) sparked a huge literary flimflam. Lasse Hallstrom directs.
Golden Globe(R) winner Richard Gere(1) (SHALL WE DANCE?, CHICAGO) leads a stellar cast in THE HOAX, the thrilling and unbelievably true story of the man who almost pulled off the biggest literary con of the 20th century. When the charismatic Clifford Irving (Gere) convinces a major publishing house that Howard Hughes, the bigger-than-life billionaire recluse, has asked Irving to pen his authorized autobiography, Irving must concoct an elaborate scheme to prove his fake manuscript is real. Inspired by Irving's tell-all book THE HOAX, and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (CHOCOLAT), this tensely comedic story of deception, international intrigue, powerful corporate empires and beautiful women is a wild ride down the slippery slope of a lie run amuck. (1) Best Actor In A Motion Picture -- Musical Or Comedy, CHICAGO, 2002).
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