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Inside Moves (1980)

Handicapped after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, a man finds common ground in the troubled souls at a local dive bar.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

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

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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Taglines:

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! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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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Connections

Featured in Vintage Video: Inside Moves (1980) (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

You Make It So Hard (To Say No)
Performed by Boz Scaggs
Words and music by Boz Scaggs
Courtesy of Columbia Redocrds and Tapes
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Movie About Acceptance
5 April 2000 | by jess-12See all my reviews

I happened upon this movie at the video store and had to rent it because it'd been years since I first saw this movie in the early 80's. This was the movie that introduced me to my now all time favorite actor, John Savage. I truly loved him in this movie as Roary, a man who attempts suicide and ends up a cripple. His handicap leads him to meet some amazing people he might never have had if he wasn't. Through them, he learns about true friendship, love and acceptance for who you are. The ending also tugs at you when Roary explains why he tried to kill himself. A person could really relate to his reasoning why and you can feel the emptiness he must have felt. If you are a John Savage fan and haven't seen this one yet, I highly suggest it, if you can still find it in the video stores.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1981 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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