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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 »


Ben Lewin


Ben Lewin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gia Carides ... Sophie
Anthony LaPaglia ... Edward 'Eddie' Mercer
Rebecca Gibney ... Gloria Wrightman
Robyn Nevin ... Anne-Marie LePine
Marshall Napier ... George LePine
Jacek Koman ... Det. Yuri Borodinoff
Siobhan Tuke Siobhan Tuke ... Kate
Lewis Fiander ... Mr. Bruce Wrightman
Mary-Anne Fahey Mary-Anne Fahey ... Myra
Michael Edward-Stevens Michael Edward-Stevens ... Benny
Steady Eddy Steady Eddy ... Nicholas
Michael Veitch Michael Veitch ... Det. Sgt. Scott
Russell Fletcher Russell Fletcher ... Det. Tyrone
Nicholas Bell ... Sophie's Doctor
Kurt Ludescher Kurt Ludescher ... Ernst


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 »

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 »


Love and Affection
Performed by Joan Armatrading
Courtesy of A&M Records through PolyGram Pty. Limited
Written by Joan Armatrading
© Reador Music (London) Ltd.
Used by permission of Reador Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
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A vivid imagination
21 November 2004 | by jotix100See 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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Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,939, 17 August 1997

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1.85 : 1
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