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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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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 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!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1981 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Sueños de triunfo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Goodmark Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

[last lines]
Roary: Hey, Jerry!
Jerry Maxwell: Roary!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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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A film for the ages.
18 October 2004 | by WLFBoulderSee 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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