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Staff Picks Series


Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 | 7:30pm

Little Theatre 5 – The Jack Garner Theatre
(Inside Little 2-5, at approx. 8 Winthrop Street)

Picked by: Mona S., Music booker at The Little Cafe

For fans of: Apocalypse goofiness, entertaining cult classics, Tank Girl, Mad Max, Waterworld

Vegas needs a new King.

In a post-apocalyptic world where the Russians have taken over a nuked USA and Elvis is king of Lost Vegas, Buddy is a ’50s rocker and wandering warrior rolled into one, too-cool package. Armed with his six-string in one hand and his sword in the other, Buddy is on his way to Vegas to succeed Elvis as King. Along the way, he saves an orphan who decides to tag along.

Mona says: How can you not fall in love with a post-apocalyptic fairy-tale featuring guitar and sword battles, preposterous quotable dialogue, appearances by Siberian surf rock band The Red Elvises, and all manner of strange characters on a heroic quest to reach Lost Vegas? This movie has had a place in my heart ever since a friend showed me it on VHS tape after an Iron Chef marathon back in the late 90s. Who needs a budget when you have this much style? 

91 mins | 1998 | Action/Adventure/Low-budget cult classic
Rated PG-13

Directed by Lance Mungia


About the series

Black Cinema Series

The Little’s Staff Picks series is a grab bag of the mysterious, the fun, and the purely awesome. Each staff member has selected a movie to recommend — no genre or era is off limits. This series is the modern equivalent of stepping into your favorite video rental store, and seeking a film you’ll swoon over. These are favorites from our Little staff, but hopefully they’ll become your new favorites as well. Read more