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Inside Moves (1980)

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After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory 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
Steve Kahan ...
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
Arnold Williams ...
Benny
George Brenlin ...
Gil
Gerri Dean ...
Hooker
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After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory 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, Rory 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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Harold Russell's first film role since his dual Oscar-winning performance in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), a gap of about thirty-four years. Director Richard Donner persuaded the double amputee to take a sabbatical from his work as head of the US President's "Commission for Affirmative Action on Hiring the Handicapped" to appear in the key supporting role of Wings. See more »

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Roary: Hey, Jerry!
Jerry Maxwell: Roary!
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It's Your Move
Performed by Leo Sayer
Words and music by Michael Omartian, Michael Price & Dan Walsh
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Guitars: Jay Graydon & Marty Walsh (uncredited)
Bass: Mike Porcaro (uncredited)
Drums: Mike Baird (uncredited)
Background Vocals: Tommy Funderburk (uncredited)
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Very good movie with some excellent performances and good scriptwriting (great ending!)
25 October 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

Let me start out first with a bit of a disclaimer: I am disabled, so I was either going to love this movie or hate it, depending on how real things seemed to me. So my comments have to be seen in that light. Here goes:

This is a very good film, with a good cast, some excellent performances and I love the script. But the thing that impresses me the most about this film is its portrayal of the disabled. They come across as average, normal people-sometimes they're jerks, like most people and sometimes they're nice folks, like most people. There is nothing inherently heroic about being disabled. Conversely, the disabled should not be hermetically sealed off from society for their protection (or yours). All too often, peole make assumptions about people and far too many are made about the disabled. End of sermon.

The other thing I like about this film, although it is admittedly a bit too pat, is the ending of a couple of plot threads. Suffice it to say that Several of the characters get what they deserve, good and bad. I love the poetic justice (or karma, if you prefer) at the end, in the basketball arena. Most recommended.


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