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Paperback Romance (1994)

Lucky Break (original title)
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 overview, first billed only:
Edward 'Eddie' Mercer
Gloria Wrightman
Anne-Marie LePine
George LePine
Det. Yuri Borodinoff
Siobhan Tuke ...
Lewis Fiander ...
Mr. Bruce Wrightman
Mary-Anne Fahey ...
Michael Edward-Stevens ...
Steady Eddy ...
Michael Veitch ...
Det. Sgt. Scott
Russell Fletcher ...
Det. Tyrone
Sophie's Doctor
Kurt Ludescher ...


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.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paperback Romance  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$121,002 (USA) (5 September 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


We've Started a Fire
Performed by Vika Bull (as Vika" & Linda Bull (as Linda) (Mushroom Records Pty. Ltd.)
Written by Paul Kelly (Mushroom Music Pty. Ltd.)
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A vivid imagination
21 November 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Paperback Romance", as this film has been marketed in this country, is worth a look if only to watch two splendid performers at their best. Gia Carides and Anthony LaPaglia made this movie watchable since the plot is paper thin.

The film begins in a public library where Eddie overhears Sophie thinking aloud her erotic fantasies. Her voice alone, heard from the other side of the partition, has the quality of transporting anyone into the realm of Sophie's mind. Eddie falls for the enigmatic woman whose voice he can't forget.

We soon realize about Sophie's physical problems. One would think that given the condition of this young woman, she would stay away from Eddie, but she starts pursuing him until the moment when she has to tell him the truth. Will he reject her? Well, stay tuned. The end will not disappoint.

Ben Lewin working behind the camera and writing the screen play is helped tremendously by his two principal actors. Anthony LaPaglia will never give a false performance. Having seen him on the stage, as well as in films, one can only say this actor is amazing, no matter what he plays. The beautiful Gia Carides is excellent. She makes one care about Sophie.

This is a feel good movie with excellent actors.

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