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Paperback Hero (1973)

A hockey player in a small town begins to lose his grip on reality, and starts to believe that he is a gunslinger in the Old West.

Director:

Peter Pearson

Writers:

Les Rose (screenplay), Barry Pearson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keir Dullea ... Rick Dylan
Elizabeth Ashley ... Loretta
John Beck ... Pov
Dayle Haddon ... Joanna
Franz Russell Franz Russell ... Big Ed
George R. Robertson ... Burdock (as George Robertson)
Margot Lamarre Margot Lamarre ... Julie
Ted Follows Ted Follows ... Cagey
Linda Sorensen ... Mona (as Linda Sorenson)
Les Rubie Les Rubie ... Jock (as Les Ruby)
Jacquie Presly Jacquie Presly ... Marlene
Chet Robertson Chet Robertson ... Father
Winnie Rowles Winnie Rowles ... Mother
Gerry Cooke Gerry Cooke ... Noogie
John Ottenberg John Ottenberg ... Heavy
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A hockey player in a small town begins to lose his grip on reality, and starts to believe that he is a gunslinger in the Old West.

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every woman's had one... every man's been one... once... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1973 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Westentaschen-Cowboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Budget:

CAD500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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To help Keir Dullea and Elizabeth Ashley feel comfortable in the shower scene, where they both appear naked, director Peter Pearson took off his clothes as well, and climbed into the shower with them. See more »

Soundtracks

If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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Funny, I really like the movie...
7 March 2005 | by mikepaul-3See all my reviews

I managed to get a VHS copy a few years back, and burned it to DVD-R for posterity.

Perhaps I'm oversimplifying by describing it as a "Canadian 'Breathless'", but I still find that the shortest good description I can come up with.

A lot less use of the Gordon Lightfoot music than I recall from years of watching it on Canadian TV, but that may just be fading memory rather than VHS music licensing problems.

I also liked 'Slipstream' http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0072181/combined more than another reviewer, but some people look at movies as dreams they'd like to be in and some look at them like they were traffic accidents, so there's always going to be disagreements...


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