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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 »

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If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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A Snide Commentary on Canadian Identity
22 January 2010 | by grand_schuttzSee all my reviews

I discovered this film several years ago and much of it has stuck with me. The director, Peter Pearson, sets out to do a back-door comparison of the Canadian and American West by examining a small-town hockey hotshot and his delusions of grandeur. Keir Dullea of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame plays the protagonist, whose swagger is both out of touch with the reality of contemporary living, but is also based on the fictions of the "Wild West"--hence the film's title. If life isn't going to be more exciting, he's not opposed to forcing it a little bit so he can play out his fantasy of being an American bad boy in a sleepy Canadian farming town.

This film beautifully illustrated the hazards of adopting an identity that was never our own.


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