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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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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 »

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[last lines]
Roary: Hey, Jerry!
Jerry Maxwell: Roary!
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References Superman (1978) See more »

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Just Be Free
Performed by The Spinners
Words and music by Alvin Fields & Michael Zager
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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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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