Never Leave Nevada

Director: Steven Swartz
Screenwriters: Steven Swartz

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


Never Leave Nevada is an atomic, comic love story that celebrates the thrill of the open road, the joy of a new love, and two guys who travel around the country selling T-shirts and tube socks at antinuclear rallies. Set in Beatty, Nevada (a small town sandwiched somewhere between Death Valley and America's largest nuclear test site), the film chronicles three days in the lives of two Beatty women and the two traveling salesmen who come to love them. Imagine Willy Loman and Woody Allen meeting Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble.

Sean (Steve Swartz) is a cockeyed optimist who longs for a long-term relationship. Still smarting from a business failure, he takes to the road With Luis (Rodney Rincon), a born salesman and former child star of a fifties TV series. It doesn't take long for them to hook up with Bettie (Janelle Buchanan), a nurse who looks after the medical needs of the girls out at Fran's Star Ranch, and Lou Ann (Katherine Catrnull), a transplant from Little Rock who is half Jewish and has developed a certain cynicism often construed as haughtiness.

Sean thinks lie's found the real thing, and if it means putting up with an occasional nuclear explosion, then so be it. Luis can't believe the complacency of the people living in the shadow of nuclear annihilation. Will they stay, or Will they go? Will they live, or will they die? In the shifting sands of Never Leave Nevada, always bet on the sure thing.

Saturday, January 20 10:00 a.m.
Egyptian Theatre

Tuesday, January 23 1:30 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema I

Thursday, January 25 7:00p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema III

Saturday, January 27 10:30 a.m.
Holiday Village Cinema I


— Lawrence Smith

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