Paperback Hero (1973)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  21 September 1973 (Canada)
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A hockey player in a small town begins to lose his grip on reality, and starts to believe that he is a gunslinger in the Old West.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Dylan
Franz Russell ...
Big Ed
Ted Follows ...
Linda Sorensen ...
Les Ruby ...
Jacquie Presly ...
Chet Robertson ...
Winnie Rowles ...
Gerry Cooke ...
John Ottenberg ...
Linda Findlay ...


A hockey player in a small town begins to lose his grip on reality, and starts to believe that he is a gunslinger in the Old West.

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21 September 1973 (Canada)  »

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Der Westentaschen-Cowboy  »

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CAD 500,000 (estimated)

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To help Keir Dullea and Elizabeth Ashley feel comfortable in the shower scene, where they both appear naked, director Peter Pearson took off his clothes as well, and climbed into the shower with them. See more »


If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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Funny, I really like the movie...
7 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I managed to get a VHS copy a few years back, and burned it to DVD-R for posterity.

Perhaps I'm oversimplifying by describing it as a "Canadian 'Breathless'", but I still find that the shortest good description I can come up with.

A lot less use of the Gordon Lightfoot music than I recall from years of watching it on Canadian TV, but that may just be fading memory rather than VHS music licensing problems.

I also liked 'Slipstream' more than another reviewer, but some people look at movies as dreams they'd like to be in and some look at them like they were traffic accidents, so there's always going to be disagreements...

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