Inside Moves (1982)





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Richard Donner directed this compassionate tale concerning the daily struggles of handicapped citizens. The film deals with the volatile relationship between Roary (John Savage), who has unsuccessfully tried to kill himself, and the hair-trigger Jerry (David Morse), a basketball player who has no money to pay for an operation to repair his knee. Roary, who has been permanently crippled after jumping off a building, travels an emotional route from being deeply disturbed and embittered to slowly regaining confidence in himself. Helping him along the road to emotional recovery is Louise (Diana Scarwid), a young woman dealing with the handicapped who, in the process, comes to terms with her own limitations.
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John Savage
as Roary
Diana Scarwid
as Louise
David Morse
as Jerry Maxwell
Amy Wright
as Anne
Tony Burton
as Lucius Porter
Bill Henderson
as Blue Lewis
Bert Remsen
as Stinky
Pepe Serna
as Herrada
Harold Sylvester
as Alvin Martin
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Critic Reviews for Inside Moves

All Critics (3)

Diana Scarwid received a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for this sensitive but uneven melodrama about an embittered disabled man, well played by John Savage.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011

There is so much high drama and splendid triumph that the movie loses any basis in reality, so it's impossible to relate to what anyone's enduring

Full Review… | March 24, 2009

Inside Moves is a film that celebrates human solidarity and the true meaning of friendship.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Inside Moves

A boring, aimless film that builds little tension and doesn't have nearly enough humor to avoid sinking into a soap-opera swamp.

Anthony Bencivengo
Anthony Bencivengo

A must for Golden State Warrior fans. A speaking role for Clifford Ray and appearances by Phil Smith, Raymond Townsend, Robert Parish, Sonny Parker, and Tom Abernathy. The movie itself is okay. David Morse in his debut and John Savage in his prime.

Jon DeBrincat
Jon DeBrincat

Just okay. This little melodrama reminded me of "Good Will Hunting," but wasn't nearly as good of a film. It's one of only three films featuring Oscar-winner Harold Russell though, and that made it interesting to watch. William Wyler told Russell there weren't many parts in Hollywood for actors with no hands, but Russell definitely had talent, screen presence and charisma, even if he did lack hands. We should have been able to see more of him.

Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert

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