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.

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