MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 15,643 this week

Without You I'm Nothing (1990)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  11 May 1990 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 391 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 12 critic

Sandra Bernhard stars in a studio version of her off-Broadway show, blending re-enactments of the original show's pieces with concept vignettes and 'testimonials' to underscore the relationship between a performer and an audience.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 377 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
 
a list of 242 titles
created 02 Apr 2012
 
a list of 78 titles
created 24 Nov 2012
 
a list of 394 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 7324 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Without You I'm Nothing (1990)

Without You I'm Nothing (1990) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Without You I'm Nothing.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dead Weight (2002)
Adventure | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.

Directors: Alain Berbérian, Frédéric Forestier
Stars: Gérard Lanvin, Benoît Poelvoorde, José Garcia
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A realistic look at the horrors of the slave trade, told entirely through the voice of a dead African slave whose spirit haunts the ocean route.

Director: Guy Deslauriers
Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Maka Kotto
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe
Heroes I (2002)
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Johnathon Schaech
Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Johnathon Schaech, Cameron Thor
Killing Zoe (1993)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Zed has only just arrived in the beautiful Paris and already he's up to no good. Having just slept with a call girl, he spends a night on the town with his dangerous friends. They all ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Avary
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Martin Raymond
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A weekend in the Bavarian Alps. 25-year-old Hannes meets his father after 8 years of separation in a little mountain hut. By the influence of their very different girlfriends Ann and ... See full summary »

Director: Florian Eichinger
Stars: Anna Brüggemann, Peter Kurth, Martin Schleiß
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin wants to achieve success in show biz by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A crooked lawyer brings together some of the clients he's gotten off and schemes to rob a bank vault. However, after the robbery, he discovers that the "goods" he's stolen is actually a top-secret microchip that foreign powers are after, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

Director: Robert C. Hughes
Stars: Andrew Stevens, Teri Copley, John Matuszak
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

WEST AFRICA 1869 - Slave trade is illegal. There is a revolt on a slave ship - twenty four men fight for their lives. Out-gunned, the revolt fails but a second uprising is planned.

Director: Joel B. Marsden
Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Akosua Busia, De'aundre Bonds
Drama

A drug dealing hustler and a down-and-out stripper enter into a tumultuous love affair filled with pills, lies and sex.

Stars: Robin Bain
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Derek Dunsay
Stars: Derek Dunsay, Shawn Andrews, Christopher Meloni
The Tag (2001)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

While at a posh restaurant, Wendy and Marshall are on a first date enjoying one anothers company. As the other customers food gets colder by the minute, will anyone in the restaurant have ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Winther
Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Kelly Rutherford, Jason Isaacs
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Lu Leonard ...
Sandra's Manager
...
Emcee
...
Roxanne
Grace Broughton ...
'Female' Backup Singer
Kimberli Williams ...
'Female' Backup Singer
Axel Vera ...
'Female' Backup Singer
Estuardo Volty ...
'Female' Backup Singer (as Estuardo M. Volty)
Kevin Dorsey ...
Male Backup Singer
Arnold McCuller ...
Male Backup Singer
Oren Waters ...
Male Backup Singer
...
Child Caroler (as Vonte' Sweet)
Tonya Natalie Townsend ...
Child Caroler
Edit

Storyline

Sandra Bernhard stars in a studio version of her off-Broadway show, blending re-enactments of the original show's pieces with concept vignettes and 'testimonials' to underscore the relationship between a performer and an audience.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 May 1990 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

$1,218,730 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Djimon Hounsou. See more »

Quotes

Sandra: Funny Girl was hot, hot, hot that year. And I begged my father to take us to see it, but he couldn't get his hands on a single ticket. Instead, he took us to see a matinee of Any Wednesday with Sandy Dennis. He said, Let's go see a woman who's going to be doing the exact same thing for the next 20 years. But she did it best in Any Wednesday, you have to admit.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Mighty Real
Written by Sylvester
Performed by Sandra Bernhard
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Well, almost nothing.
9 January 2002 | by (Haddonfield, IL) – See all my reviews

This movie mystifies me because it comes off as so blasé. I never saw Sandra's live show that this was drawn from, but I own the soundtrack album and it always gives me a lot of laughs, no matter how many times I hear it. So why is it that this film is basically unfunny?

I can't imagine why Sandra and John Boskovich decided to stage this in front of anything but a live audience. Sandra's best when she can connect with the people watching her, in fact a lot of her impact comes from getting a rise out of the audience. Spontaneity is one of her strongest qualities, yet this movie is staged completely in the studio. In fact, they go so far as to portray an audience that is so disaffected by her performance that they either ignore her or react negatively. I suppose this was for a purpose, but to me it seems like a risk that failed, because the movie often comes off as flat and unfunny. The further that Sandra gets away from her audience, the less impact these skits have. The material worked great on the album and, presumably, in the stage show. Then here in the film, it worked when I saw it with an audience in the theater. But on video, it really pales in comparison.

Part of the problem seems to be timing, especially the opening segments. One of the pieces shows Sandra doing a stand-up routine that served as a sort of "opening monologue" in the stage show, but in this film she's rushing through the lines so fast that nothing sinks in--she doesn't have the luxury of allowing the viewer to react to her material, and it suffers greatly.

Despite this, the movie manages to pull off some great moments, including some skits that weren't on the soundtrack album. It's worth watching just for some of the visuals that are included, and Sandra's always worth a look even when she's just doing a supporting role, but ultimately it seems as if it could have been a lot more than it turned out to be. It would have been a lot funnier if it had been staged as a concert film interspersed with studio pieces.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
one of the coolest 'performance art' films i've ever seen teejay6682
Discuss Without You I'm Nothing (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?