The Hoax (1972)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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In the tradition of Dr. Strangelove, this black comedy follows the adventures of two scuba divers who are on a dive off the southern California coastline when they find a hydrogen bomb that was accidently dropped by a passing B-52 bomber. For a lark, the two decide to blackmail the entire population of Los Angeles into sending one dollar to a Swiss bank account. If they do not, the boys will explode the bomb. Naturally, they are caught and must donate the $2 million they received to control smog. In exchange, the court is lenient upon them.

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amateur, blackmail, bomb, citizen, con/scam, court [law], danger, detonation, diver, extortion, nuclear, nuclear-weapon, scuba-diving, sea, secrets, skin-diving, smog, Swiss [nationality], Swiss-bank-account, terrorism