Paperback Hero (1999)

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Jack Willis is a handsome roadtrain driver with a secret - he has just become a top-selling romance novelist. However, being a 'man's man' in the Australian outlook, to avoid embarrassment,... See full summary »


(as Anthony Bowman)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby Vale
Jack Willis
Ziggy Keane
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
Bruce Venables ...
Barry Rugless ...
Mad Pete
Barry Lea ...
Steven Colling ...
Cafe Drinker
Randel Ross ...
Bill Watson ...
Mr. Reece
Scott Nugent ...
Bag Pipe Player
Brooke Fairley ...
Dancing Girl
Ross Marsden ...
Country Pub drinker
Charles Little ...
Errol (as Charlie Little)


Jack Willis is a handsome roadtrain driver with a secret - he has just become a top-selling romance novelist. However, being a 'man's man' in the Australian outlook, to avoid embarrassment, he needs a name, a woman's name - and he chooses that of his best friend, Ruby Vale. He must do some fancy footwork to continue the charade when the glamorous city publisher, Ziggy, arrives in dusty outback Lucktown to sign 'Ruby Vale' to a major book deal. Ruby agrees to help Jack though it's for her own gain as well - the publisher will pay for her coming wedding (with Hamish, Jack's buddy). Accompanied by Jack, Ruby goes to Sydney to meet the media, appear on TV and cocktail parties, etc. Gradually, Jack realizes that he has fallen in love with Ruby, while Ruby is also touched by Jack's novel. However, Hamish arrives in Sydney a few days later and asks both of them to stop all these foolish things... Written by L.H. Wong <>

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He's hard, tough ... and doesn't give a XXXX for anything ... except romantic novels


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25 March 1999 (Australia)  »

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Writer-director Antony J. Bowman got the idea for the film when he read about a Texan truck driver who also wrote romantic novels. See more »


During the opening credits, the road train is filmed from the air. A helicopter's shadow (presumably the helicopter doing the filming) can be seen briefly on the ground below. See more »


Ruby Vale: I was thinking, I could work for the Flying Doctors Service.
Hamish: No, they saw you doing barrel rolls, Anzac day.
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Referenced in Top Gear Australia: Road Trip of Dreams (2008) See more »


She's Taken My Words
(theme from Paperback Hero (1999))
Written by Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney
Performed by Human Nature
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A refreshing setting for an 'old' story that's entertaining
13 December 1999 | by (Ventura, CA) – See all my reviews

A refreshing setting for an 'old' story that's entertaining and well done! The 'downunder' folks have done a fine job on this 'old' theme that makes it well worth watching. Inspite of the 'jaded' reviews of certain folks, after watching movies and thinking about them for nearly 60 years, I'd say that this is one well worth a 2nd or even third watch. Definitely worth your time, if you are inclined to have some romantic fibers still firing.

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