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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 »

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Todd Walton (based on the novel by), Valerie Curtin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Savage ... Roary
David Morse ... Jerry Maxwell
Diana Scarwid ... Louise
Amy Wright ... Anne
Tony Burton ... Lucius
Bill Henderson ... Blue Lewis
Steve Kahan ... Burt
Jack O'Leary Jack O'Leary ... Max
Bert Remsen ... Stinky
Harold Russell ... Wings
Pepe Serna ... Herrada
Harold Sylvester ... Alvin Martin
Arnold Williams ... Benny
George Brenlin ... Gil
Gerri Dean 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1981 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Inside Moves See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Dreams Away
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Words and Music by Ruth Lowe (as R. Lowe), Paul Mann (as P. Mann), Stefan Weiß (as S Weiss)
courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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A movie that once you hit while surfing, you just can't leave
20 February 1999 | by ed-140See all my reviews

I have a very subjective method of measuring some of my all time favorite movies. If I'm surfing the remote and "hit" the movie that I just can leave, then that's it. I did this last night and when I hit "Inside Moves". This is a extremely comfortable and beautifully paced film . The scenes in Max's are so warm and intimate you feel if your in the corner of the bar observing the intimate relationships and comaraderie of the supposedly "special " people that live there. Yes, they are special..they're only aspirations are enjoying each other's company and accepting each other and their metamorphical handicaps. The scene where Louise admits she is frightened by a potential romantic realtionship with Rory is honest and heartbreaking. After checking the credits on Inside Moves I was surprised and then nodding in agreement, why it's a classic. Written by Barry Levinson...enough said..


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