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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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Sueños de triunfo  »

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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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Blue Lewis: [reading a story] Her huge melons glistened in the moonlight, she smiled, taunting him- then slowly, ever so slowly she began to undo... underher...
Stinky: Undulate?
Blue Lewis: Undulate...
Stinky: Undulate what? Her hips?
Blue Lewis: Yes, yes, her hips.
Stinky: Go ahead! Go ahead!
Blue Lewis: As her breasts moved towards him bubbling in the night air, he couldn't help but notice how she had grown from that small child from whom he had once babysat.
[shakes his head]
Blue Lewis: He reached out...
Stinky: Go ahead! Go ahead!
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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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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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