WriterValerie Curtin, Barry Levinson Release dateDecember 19, 1980 (1980-12-19) Based onInside Moves
by Todd Walton CastJohn Savage (Roary), David Morse (Jerry Maxwell), Diana Scarwid (Louise), Amy Wright (Anne), Tony Burton (Lucius) Similar moviesDances with Wolves, Heat, The Apartment, Cast Away, Seven Pounds, Two Days, One Night
TaglineA 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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Inside Moves is a 1980 American drama film directed by Richard Donner. The film is based on the book of the same name by Todd Walton, with a script by then writing duo Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson.
After a suicide attempt leaves a man named Roary (John Savage) partially crippled, he finds himself living in a rundown house in Oakland, California. He spends a lot of time at a neighborhood bar, which is full of other disabled people, and becomes best friends with Jerry (David Morse), the barman with a bad leg.
Jerry gains the attention and respect from the Golden State Warriors when he scrimmages a player and loses narrowly.
Jerry's luck turns round when one of the professional basketball players lends him the money for an operation to fix his leg. Once he is fully healed, Jerry goes on to become a basketball star, fulfilling his lifelong dream. However, he abandons his old friends by pretending they never existed.
John Savage as Roary
David Morse as Jerry Maxwell
Diana Scarwid as Louise
Amy Wright as Anne
Tony Burton as Lucius
Bill Henderson as Blue Lewis
Steve Kahan as Burt
Jack O'Leary as Max
Bert Remsen as Stinky
Harold Russell as Wings
Pepe Serna as Herrada
Harold Sylvester as Alvin Martin
Arnold Williams as Benny
George Brenlin as Gil
Gerri Dean as Hooker
William Frankfather as Fryer
Diana Scarwid's performance as Louise, Roary's girlfriend, earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The movie also marked the return to the screen by disabled veteran Harold Russell, thirty-four years after his Oscar-winning role in The Best Years of Our Lives.
Donner's biographer James Christie relates how the director confused Cinematographer Kovács with his fellow Hungarian Vilmos Zsigmond, referring to him as "Vilmos" repeatedly. When Zsigmond dropped by the set to visit, Donner had T-shirts made up that read "MY NAME IS NOT LÁSZLÓ" and "MY NAME IS NOT VILMOS" for each of them. Later they switched shirts and confused everyone.