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Paperback Romance (1994)
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Sophie, a writer of racy romance novels, is working on one of her stories in the library, when Eddie overhears her. Sophie, embarrassed by her paralyzed leg from childhood polio, spurns his... See full summary »

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Cast

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Sophie
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Edward 'Eddie' Mercer
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Gloria Wrightman
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Anne-Marie LePine
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George LePine
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Det. Yuri Borodinoff
Siobhan Tuke ...
Kate
Lewis Fiander ...
Mr. Bruce Wrightman
Mary-Anne Fahey ...
Myra
Michael Edward-Stevens ...
Benny
Steady Eddy ...
Nicholas
Michael Veitch ...
Det. Sgt. Scott
Russell Fletcher ...
Det. Tyrone
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Sophie's Doctor
Kurt Ludescher ...
Ernst
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Storyline

Sophie, a writer of racy romance novels, is working on one of her stories in the library, when Eddie overhears her. Sophie, embarrassed by her paralyzed leg from childhood polio, spurns his advances, but when Sophie breaks her leg, she has the perfect way of hiding her disability from Eddie. As Sophie struggles to win over Eddie and hide her disability, Eddie's jealous fiance and a police officer investigating a jewel heist threaten their relationship. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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If she can hide her past, and he can hide his present, they just might have a future.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »
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15 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,939 (USA) (15 August 1997)

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$121,002 (USA) (5 September 1997)
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When riding in the back seat of Eddie's car, after convincing the doctor to leave her leg cast on for two more weeks, Sophie is wiggling her supposedly paralyzed toes. See more »

Crazy Credits

Very special thanks to Elizabeth Hastings and her broken leg. See more »

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Gloria
Performed by the Australian [Victorian] Boys Choir
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Arranged by Paul Grabowsky
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A True Paperback Romance
13 July 1999 | by (Tamuning, Guam) – See all my reviews

Okay, at first glance, this film may seem trashy and meaningless. The first scene alone made me think it was some sort of porno flick, and I almost changed the channel, but then scene changed and the captivating duo of Gia Carides and Anthony LaPaglia immediately drew me to the movie with what seemed to be the start of a sweet, idyllic romance. Boy meets girl in library, asks her out for coffee...problem, she says "No". And this is when the movie takes some meaning. She's disabled. Polio has affected one of her legs, and she thinks that the guy would never be interested in her if he found out.

Afterwards, the comedy begins, which is a bit kooky, almost Naked Gun-like. But the romance and the chemistry between Sophie (Carides) and Eddie (LaPaglia) is truly what kept me glued to the screen.

After watching the film, I found out on the net that Carides and LaPaglia were a real-life couple, which made the film romance so much more endearing and engrossing (I watched it again the next week).

All in all, the film was truly a "Paperback Romance"-the raunchy scenes, the quirky plot, the great chemistry between the two leads, and that the romance spanned to real life (an ideal but uncommon occurrence). I perceive the movie as I do paperback romance novels, focus on the romance and block the lewd parts (which are few and far-between anyways).


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