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Inside Moves (1980)

After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Roary begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds ... See full summary »

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Roary
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Jerry Maxwell
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Anne
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Lucius
Bill Henderson ...
Blue Lewis
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Burt
Jack O'Leary ...
Max
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Stinky
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Wings
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Herrada
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Alvin Martin
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Benny
George Brenlin ...
Gil
Gerri Dean ...
Hooker
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After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Roary begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors, Roary and the rest of the bar regulars hope his success will provide a lift to their sagging spirits. Will Jerry forget his friends? What about his junkie hooker girlfriend and her pimp? Written by Peter L. Blaskowski <pblask@lilly.com>

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A film to make you feel good again... Step INSIDE Max's bar... It will be one of the best MOVES you've ever made!

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20 August 1981 (Argentina)  »

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Sueños de triunfo  »

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Though this film premiered in the USA on December 1980, the film was predominantly released during 1981 which was the International Year of Disabled Persons. The film features characters with disabilities but as described during the time the film was released as "handicapped citizens". See more »

Quotes

Roary: I've jumped from a building. I tried to commit suicide.
Stinky: Hey, you've got it all backwards. First you get crippled then you try to commit suicide!
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Referenced in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
Performed by Lady Sylvia
Words and music by Paul Jabara & Jay Asher
Courtesy of Full Moon/Warner Bros. Record Inc.
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It's been eighteen years since I saw this movie, but thinking about the way things unfold in the story I still get tears in my eyes.
31 December 1999 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about the kind of people most of us spend our lives trying to avoid: drunks, whores and cripples of every description. The setting is seamy, mostly taking place in an old neighborhood bar; no ferns here, no clever reparte between beautiful people. The is a story of loneliness and not a little darkness, leavened with gentle, often self-effacing humor.

The miracle here is the degree to which you wind up truly caring about what happens to these folks. The action in the movie is simple. The people are not, and it is a remarkable feat of storytelling to bring this ensemble to such rich, moving life.

This is truly a sleeper, Steinbeckian in its evocation of the common humanity in us all.


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