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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 »

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

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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 »

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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 »


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Wonderful Movie!
19 October 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a great, sweet movie. Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan are wonderful in this lighthearted, funny, romantic film. I loved the fact that the two main characters in this movie do not follow the stereotypes for their genders and yet both characters still seem real. The friendship between Jack and Ruby is wonderful and I think it's great to see characters who are friends before they become romantically involved.

A simple but very entertaining film that I will watch again and again.


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