Inside Moves

  • 1980
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

Roary (John Savage), who attempts suicide but ends up partly paralyzed, frequents a bar where other patrons are handicapped and befriends Jerry (David Morse), a basketball player with a promising future but who lacks the funds to pay for an operation to rehabilitate his knee. Eventually, Jerry gets his operation, stars for a semipro team, and earns a shot...read more

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Roary (John Savage), who attempts suicide but ends up partly paralyzed, frequents a bar where other patrons are handicapped and befriends Jerry (David Morse), a basketball player with a promising future but who lacks the funds to pay for an operation to rehabilitate his knee. Eventually,

Jerry gets his operation, stars for a semipro team, and earns a shot at the big time. Along the way, he forgets about his friends at Max's Bar, who are hurt by his selfishness. In the meantime, Roary learns to accept his disability and struggles through a difficult romance with Louise (Diana

Scarwid). He isn't the only one who comes to know himself better, however, and by the upbeat finale, all of the old friends are reconciled. Despite a predictable plot and an abundance of stereotypes--the product of a surprisingly clunky script by Barry Levinson (THE NATURAL; DINER) and Valerie

Curtin--this is a well-meaning film with strong performances all around. Harold Russell, the double amputee who won an Oscar for his performance in THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946), makes his second film appearance here as a card-playing bar regular. Scarwid received an Oscar nomination for Best

Supporting Actress.

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  • Released: 1980
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Roary (John Savage), who attempts suicide but ends up partly paralyzed, frequents a bar where other patrons are handicapped and befriends Jerry (David Morse), a basketball player with a promising future but who lacks the funds to pay for an operation to re… (more)

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