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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 »

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Ben Lewin

Writer:

Ben Lewin
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Orion

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paperback Romance See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,939, 17 August 1997

Gross USA:

$151,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,068
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »


Soundtracks

Brazil
Music by Ary Barroso
English lyrics by Bob Russell
Published by Southern Music Publishing
Performed by Fred Chia [Cheah]
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Paperback Romance is unexpectedly raunchy
10 April 2006 | by janet-55See all my reviews

This film, otherwise known as "Paperback Romance" took me completely by surprise. I'm not a rom-com fan particularly so even though I like watching Anthony LaPaglia films I had resisted this one for some time. On eventually succumbing I was surprised to find out that it is quite a raunchy little number. Sophie (Gia Carides) a polio victim and a writer is overheard by Eddie (Anthony LaPaglia) reading aloud her latest sex novel whilst in the process of writing it. The language and accompanying visual reconstructions of her novel prove to be pretty raunchy stuff, as are later sexual interludes between the two aforesaid actors; which at times due to their off-screen relationship (I believe at the time they were engaged, now of course they are married) became almost a voyeuristic experience for the hapless viewer.That to one side the story is as ridiculous and as funny as one would care to wish of a rom-com. The lead actors are both very good and naturally the on-screen chemistry between them is explosive. My one big query is why did the make-up people deem it necessary to cover Mr LaPaglia's tattoo with garish orange stuff. It made it seem as if he had an enormous blue bruise on his upper arm. One wonders why this was required; if the tattoo is raunchy wouldn't it have fitted in with the content of the film admirably?


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