Inside Moves

Inside Moves

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Director: Richard Donner, John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid

Cast: Richard Donner, John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid

     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
It may seem surprising that Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner was at the helm of this small-scale drama, but he and the rest of the principals have acquitted themselves well. The script by the team of then-writer Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin focuses on a group of handicapped characters who hang out at a local bar, dwelling in particular on the relationship between the crippled Roary (John Savage) and injured basketball player Jerry (David Morse). While this sounds like the stuff of a TV-movie, the edgy characters in the film are viewed without sentimentality. The adversities they must deal with have the feel of real life, and none of them are given amusing tics or superhuman capacities to make them more palatable to the audience. The relationship between the genuinely troubled Savage and Morse, one whose problem is essentially physical and temporary, is sensitively handled and its resolution seems inevitable. Along with the excellent work by these two, Diana Scarwid is quietly effective as the woman Savage becomes involved with and Laszlo Kovacs' fine camera work establishes an atmosphere of moody, low-key intimacy.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
UPC:
0012236101444
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
29,446

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with director richard Donner and noted screenwriter Brian Helgeland; "From the Inside Out" featurette; Interviewswith the creative forces who brought Todd Walton's novel to the screen; Still gallery of Richard Donner's original shooting script and handwritten notes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Savage Roary
David Morse Jerry Maxwell
Diana Scarwid Louise
Harold Russell "Wings"
Amy Wright Ann
Tony Burton Lucius Porter
Bill Henderson Blue Lewis
Stephen Kahan Burt
Jack O'Leary Max Willatowski
Bert Remsen "Stinky"
Pepe Serna Herrada
Harold Sylvester Alvin Martin
Arnold Williams Benny
Bob Westmoreland Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director
John Barry Score Composer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Valerie Curtin Screenwriter
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Dick Goddard Set Decoration/Design
R.W. Goodwin Producer
Michael Grillo Asst. Director
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Barry Levinson Screenwriter
Frank Morriss Editor
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
Ron Talsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark M. Tanz Producer
Boyd Willat Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inside Moves
1. Emergency [9:15]
2. The Guys [9:28]
3. Practice [9:11]
4. No More [6:52]
5. Rich [7:11]
6. Back Again [9:50]
7. No Charity [7:52]
8. Dance [5:28]
9. Semi-Pro [5:59]
10. Bad Day [13:04]
11. Game Time [11:54]
12. End Credits [13:39]

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Inside Moves 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who knew that Richard Donner of big budget action movie fame ("Lethal Weapon") was also skilled at intimate small scale dramas? "Inside Moves" is proof with three terrific performances by John Savage, David Morse and Diana Scarwid (Oscar nominated--Best Supporting Actress) early in their careers. "Moves" is a tricky movie; the first half deals with Savage's character coming to terms with his physical disabilities while the second half deals with bartender Morse coming to terms with his emotional disabilities. I loved this movie when it first came out (1980), and I'm glad to say that it's still moving and funny. Highlights: John Barry's score, the shocking opener and Scarwid's tender love scene with Savage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago