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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!

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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 »

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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

David Morse's first film. 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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Referenced in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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 llltdesqSee 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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