Inside Moves 1980 PG CC

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Young stars and veteran actors combine to interpret a poignant and humorous tale about regulars at Max's Bar. Stars Diana Scarwid, Academy Award Nom for Best Supporting actress.

Starring:
John Savage, David Morse
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

Inside Moves

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Genres Drama
Director Richard Donner
Starring John Savage, David Morse
Supporting actors Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright, Tony Burton, Bill Henderson, Steve Kahan, Jack O'Leary, Bert Remsen, Harold Russell, Pepe Serna, Harold Sylvester, Arnold Williams, George Brenlin, Gerri Dean, Greg Wayne Elam, Margaret Fairchild, William Frankfather, Lee Fraser, Terry Leonard
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Both the story and the acting are great.
Thomas M. Overstreet
The tag line for when it came out was something like "This movie will make you feel good...and that's not a bad feeling."
JEFF J.
This is simply one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Michael LaPointe

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Note: This review was written quite a while ago. At that time, it was almost impossible to see this film. Fortunately, a DVD version is now available. So I have revised the otiginal review accordingly.

To say it this is a "small" film in no way questions its several achievements. The screenplay (co-authored by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson), direction (Richard Donner), acting, and cinematography (Laszlo Kovacs) are outstanding. Inside Moves is based on Todd Walton`s novel and focuses on Max's Bar in Oakland; more specifically, on those who work there and its regular customers. All of them are emotionally and/or physically handicapped and yet, once gathered together -- in what is in many ways a sanctuary for them -- they generously provide comfort and support to each other. It is also worth noting that the regulars have zero-tolerance of self-pity, theirs or anyone else's.

After a failed suicide attempt which has left him permanently crippled, Roary (John Savage) joins the group with apprehensions. Over time, he begins to work at the bar and later becomes its owner. He and Louise (a waitress portrayed brilliantly by Diana Scarwid) have a mutual attraction which eventually overcomes their self-doubts as well as their fear of being hurt again. The bartender, Jerry Maxwell (David Morse), was once a basketball prodigy but is now a cripple also, unable to afford the cost of corrective surgery. He is involved with a juvenile drug addict named Ann (Amy Wright) who supports her addiction with money earned as a prostitute. Although my remarks thus far may suggest that this is a "dark" film, it really isn't. "Touching," "intimate," and "moving" (no pun intended) more accurately describe its impact, at least on me.

Oh sure, it has some corny moments.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Davis on December 1, 2002
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I discovered this film while reading the obituary last year for Harold Russell, one of the stars of the film. It was only his second film- even though his first, The Best Years of Our Lives from 1946, won him a still unbeaten 2 Oscars for the same role. He had lost none of his talent during those nearly 40 years. He is memorable as an incredible actor who happens to have lost both of his hands in an accident as a serviceman in WWII. David Morse will also look familiar. He has hardly changed since then and now stars in a new television show called Hack on CBS. He also recently appeared in Hearts In Atlantis. John Savage delivers a perfomance that is Oscar worthy in the lead role.
One reviewer on Amazon[.com] said it best in describing this as a winner about losers. But after seeing it you will have too much of a soft spot for the characters to really refer to them that way. It follows a man played by Savage who after a failed suicide attempt is accepted into a small group of disabled buddies who hang out and play cards all day at a local dive. Morse plays the bartender who is really a part of the club and fits in well with his bad leg that he cannot afford to have fixed given the cost of the needed surgery. While he's not tending bar he limps over to watch the Golden State Warriors religiously. He watches every game, every practice and offers his cheers and critiques loudly. It is the critiqueing though that gets one of the players so irritated that he walks over to him and tells him that the team appreciates his support but that when they are not playing well his criticsm is too painful.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Flash on July 26, 2005
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I keep checking every few weeks or so to see if this movie is scheduled for release on DVD. Inside Moves has always been one of my favorite films and I highly recommend it. When this movie was first on cable, I watched it over and over again. I still remember the first time I saw it. I remember how the start of the movie shocked me, but then the movie became something I didn't expect. And it was a pleasant surprise. Inside Moves is an all-around feel good movie. It inspires. It teaches. I continue to hope for a DVD release.

RORY!!! JERRY!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2009
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Note: I reviewed this film about five years ago. At that time, it was almost impossible to see Inside Moves. Fortunately, a DVD version is now available. So I have revised the original review accordingly.

To say it this is a "small" film in no way questions its several achievements. The screenplay (co-authored by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson), direction (Richard Donner), acting, and cinematography (Laszlo Kovacs) are outstanding. Inside Moves is based on Todd Walton`s novel and focuses on Max's Bar in Oakland; more specifically, on those who work there and its regular customers. All of them are emotionally and/or physically handicapped and yet, once gathered together -- in what is in many ways a sanctuary for them -- they generously provide comfort and support to each other. It is also worth noting that the regulars have zero-tolerance of self-pity, theirs or anyone else's.

After a failed suicide attempt which has left him permanently crippled, Roary (John Savage) joins the group with apprehensions. Over time, he begins to work at the bar and later becomes its owner. He and Louise (a waitress portrayed brilliantly by Diana Scarwid) have a mutual attraction which eventually overcomes their self-doubts as well as their fear of being hurt again. The bartender, Jerry Maxwell (David Morse), was once a basketball prodigy but is now a cripple also, unable to afford the cost of corrective surgery. He is involved with a juvenile drug addict named Ann (Amy Wright) who supports her addiction with money earned as a prostitute. Although my remarks thus far may suggest that this is a "dark" film, it really isn't. "Touching," "intimate," and "moving" (no pun intended) more accurately describe its impact, at least on me.

Oh sure, it has some corny moments.
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