Inside Moves


(out of 5)

 attempts suicide by throwing himself off a building and miraculously survives, permanently disabled due to the injuries he sustains.  His rehab is followed by him discovering a bar frequented by other compromised souls, where , a once hopeful athlete whose basketball career was thwarted by a knee injury, serves drinks.  Their friendship gives the alienated Savage a sense of belonging and a feeling of community, as does the love of a gorgeous waitress (, superb as always), but when Morse gets surgery on his knee and begins the climb to success and fortune, he leaves behind his friends in a spirit of shame.  This superb character study, brimming with characters who are trademarks but never feel like types, has been unjustifiably forgotten in the years since it was made, a touching and brilliantly acted film whose sentiment is polished and intelligent.  Savage is terrific in the lead role, his tough cheekbones and soft eyes a great combination for the tragic hero he portrays, while Scarwid matches him beautifully with the intensity of her confusion between her real feelings for this man and her view of herself as the partner to someone who is crippled.  The values of companionship over the perfection of youth as well as love over expectations fulfilled are described eloquently in a film reminiscent of the sort of thing John Huston was doing in the seventies.

Goodmark Productions Inc.

USA, 1980

Directed by Richard Donner

Screenplay by Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson, based on the novel by Todd Walton

Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1980



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