Paperback Hero (1973 film)

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Paperback Hero
(Last of the Big Guns)
Directed byPeter Pearson
Produced byJohn F. Bassett
James Margellos
Written byBarry Pearson
Les Rose
StarringKeir Dullea
Elizabeth Ashley
John Beck
George R. Robertson
Music byRon Collier
CinematographyDonald Wilder
Edited byKirk Jones
Agincourt International
Release date
  • September 21, 1973 (1973-09-21) (Canada)
Running time
93 minutes
Box office$700,000 (Canada)[1]

Paperback Hero is a 1973 Canadian film, directed by Peter Pearson, which starred Keir Dullea and Elizabeth Ashley. It is set in Saskatchewan and portrays the life of a big-fish minor-league hockey player in a little-pond town. The movie was filmed in Delisle, Saskatchewan.

It was originally titled Last of the Big Guns, but was renamed to reflect the lyrics of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind", which was featured on the soundtrack.

It won the Canadian Film Awards in 1973 for Film Editing, Overall Sound, and Cinematography.[2]

It was selected in 2006 for the Toronto International Film Festival's Canadian Open Vault program, which preserves examples of notable Canadian cinema.[3]


  1. ^ "Canadian Films Grosses". Variety. November 24, 1976. p. 32.
  2. ^ ACCT - Canadian Awards History Search, retrieved 2007-05-27 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Canadian Open Vault -, archived from the original on 2011-03-08, retrieved 2010-02-27 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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