Inside Moves

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This article is about the 1980 film. For the Parker Brothers game, see Camelot (board game).
Inside Moves
Inside Moves FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Donner
Produced by R.W. Goodwin
Mark M. Tanz
Written by Valerie Curtin
Barry Levinson
Based on Inside Moves
by Todd Walton
Starring John Savage
David Morse
Diana Scarwid
Amy Wright
Tony Burton
Music by John Barry
Cinematography László Kovács
Edited by Frank Morriss
Distributed by Associated Film Distribution
Release dates
  • December 19, 1980 (1980-12-19)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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's luck turns round when a professional basketball player 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.



Diana Scarwid's performance as Louise, Roary's girlfriend, earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[1] 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.


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