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Paperback Hero (1999)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 1999 (Australia)
An Australian truck driver writes romance novels. His engaged, tomboyish, crop duster best friend's name, Ruby Vale, is unasked used as author. Complications arise when his novel takes off. Will they remain friends or...?


Antony J. Bowman (as Anthony Bowman)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Karvan ... Ruby Vale
Hugh Jackman ... Jack Willis
Angie Milliken ... Ziggy Keane
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Hamish
Jeanie Drynan ... Suzie
Bruce Venables ... Artie
Barry Rugless Barry Rugless ... Mad Pete
Barry Lea ... Policeman
Stephen Collins Stephen Collins ... Cafe Drinker
Randel Ross Randel Ross ... Auctioneer
Bill Watson Bill Watson ... Mr. Reece
Scott Nugent Scott Nugent ... Bag Pipe Player
Brooke Fairley Brooke Fairley ... Dancing Girl
Ross Marsden Ross Marsden ... Country Pub drinker
Charles Little 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 <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


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 »


When Jack parks his rig at Ruby's diner, he does so nose-in against a section of fence marked "Jack's Spot". A semi driver would normally choose to park where he wouldn't have to back up at all, and the diner's parking lot has ample space to do that. If he did have to park in such a spot, he would normally choose to back in rather than have to back out later. 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 »


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Performed by Catherine Miller
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Cute and funny
31 October 2002 | by forever_immatureSee all my reviews

I love this movie and how could you not when Hugh Jackman stars in it!!!

Whilst the storyline is predictable, it provides a humourous look at friendship which blossoms into love, something we've all dreamed about.

This is definately one movie us Aussies can be proud to show the world, it displays some of this nations best talent with Claudia Karvan and Hugh Jackman.

A movie everyone should see for a laugh and some heartwarming!

I give it 9.5 out of 10

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25 March 1999 (Australia) See more »

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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