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

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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Nindigully pub, prominently featured in the film as the Boomerang café, is a real life pub, essentially a town in itself (population 6), located 45 km from the nearest town. It is the oldest hotel (pub) in Queensland, operating continuously since 1864. 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 »

Quotes

Hamish: Old bush rule, Ruby: "Don't jeopardise your life for a dog".
Ruby Vale: It was Lance. And you call yourself a vet.
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Soundtracks

Cryin'
Written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson
Performed by Roy Orbison
Also performed by Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan
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Typical, but heart warming romantic comedy!

Well, finally I have had the pleasure of watching "Paperback Hero", and I like this movie a lot. At first some of the characters may seem a little superficial and stereotypical, but soon you'll learn that there is a lot more to all of them than what first meets the eye, and the actors are all doing a great job in making the complexity of their individual personalities shine through. The story is cute over all, and the movie holds some great laughs as well. Paperback Hero is one of your typical romantic comedies, but it leaves you with a warm, happy feeling inside!

I have rated this movie 9 of 10.


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