Prisoners of Inertia (1989)


Sam and Dave are a pair of New York newlyweds who see no earthly reason to emerge from the cocoon of their apartment. One Sunday morning, on a wild caprice, they decide to go out for brunch. Their impulsive foray into the Real World leads to a strange adventure in the wilds of New Jersey. Prisoners of Inertia first aired April 25, 1990, on PBS’ American Playhouse

Director: Jeffrey Noyes Scher.
Stars: Amanda Plummer, Christopher Rich, Melinda Mullins, John C. McGinley, Mark Boone Junior, Stephen Hamel, Harsh Nayyar, Antonia Dauphin.

1989 Locarno International Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Leopard.
1989 Sundance Film Festival – Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic.


Many thanks to Scott for sending me a copy of this movie.

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  1. September 6, 2019

    Are you certain this was made for television? It was shown at several film festivals throughout 1989. I don’t think television productions are shown at film festivals. It seems no distributors were interested so it wound up being shown on PBS in 1990.

    • Jon W.
      September 10, 2019

      You are probably right, Dan, I removed the “Made for television” part from the description.
      Thanks for the info.

  2. May 28, 2021

    I am soooo excited finally finding this film! I am saw this on PBS in 1990. I loved it! Droll, black humor. I can totally relate to them, perfectly happy being home. Then leaving and all kinds of catastrophes aka adventures. I am looking forward to watching it again!

    Perfect film to kick off summer aka Memorial Day weekend. I am an artist, always working from from home, every day, so every day is a work day. As Mae West said, every day is a holiday. So this will be my holiday film.

  3. August 9, 2022

    I was the still photographer on this film. I was also an extra (one of three punk girls in a background shot). Amanda Plummer is so talented and she was so kind and easy to talk to. Chris Rich was very smart and very droll. The director Jeff Scher did a great job with a very low budget…he is an animator, too. I loved working on this movie.

  4. August 9, 2022

    This film played at Sundance. It was the Year that Sex, Lies and Videotape was the breakout hit…lol Jeff Scher the Director of Inertia said “We got screwed by that movie!!!”

  5. April 5, 2024

    I saw this on T.V., on PBS when I lived in N.Y. back in the late 80s, early 90s. I thought it was a great movie based on New Yorkers-city people. It was funny to see how out of place their experiences were. It this on DVD for purchase, anyone????

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