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Nothing to Lose (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 July 1997 (USA)
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Nick Beam's life couldn't get any worse. He discovers he has been living a lie and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So when T. Paul, a carjacker, attempts to rob him, it is the last ... See full summary »



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Nick Beam's life couldn't get any worse. He discovers he has been living a lie and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So when T. Paul, a carjacker, attempts to rob him, it is the last straw for Nick. With everything to gain and nothing to lose, he kidnaps T. Paul and attempts to put his life back together. Written by Robert Krzanowski <stonedpsycho@hotmail.com>

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When the odds are against you, sometimes the only bet is yourself. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language and a sex scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nada a Perder  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,617,767 (USA) (18 July 1997)


DEM 14,562,724 (Germany) (30 January 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


Rig and Charlie steal a station wagon and are later seen driving their old car which was shot. See more »


[first lines]
Nick Beam: Where do I start? It's not you. Well actually it is you. Look, I'm just not... I'm not attracted to you anymore. I need space. You kinda... you kinda gross me out. In the beginning it was different. In the beginning, you were better. But then I got to know you real well, and I came to realize... that you're a fat idiot.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are finished, a mailman brings a letter to the hillbilly whose gas station was robbed. The letter is marked "Hillbilly Motherfucker", just as T. called him in the movie. Inside is a few hundred dollars cash. In the cut version this is changed to "Hillbilly at the gas station". See more »


References Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) See more »


Nothin' To Lose (Naughty Live)
Written by Anthony 'Treach' Criss (as A. Criss), DJ Kay Gee (as K. Gist), Vin Rock (as V. Brown) and Dale Warren
Performed by Naughty By Nature
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
Contains a sample of "Synopsis Two: Mother's Day"
Performed by 24 Karat Black
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Slight, Forgettable but entertaining
24 June 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Nothing with Tim Robbins in it is ever that bad, and with this in mind, I watched Nothing to Lose. I only saw it two hours ago and my memory of it is already starting to dwindle, this is unusual as usually I remember films in all their detail months if not years after seeing them. This just proves how superficial and light weight this comedy is, OR I'm losing my short term memory at an alarming rate. There are good things about this film and there are bad things. One good thing is that its short, light and fluffy and relatively entertaining. The bad thing is its stereotypical, unoriginal - just how many buddy films can we see? and only some of the jokes/laughs work. A lot of the time you can see why the writers thought a scene would be funny, and why certain situations would work but the problem is that most of the scenes just are not funny at all- but I'm sure some people will disagree, depending on your taste in humour. Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence work well together, but there is no chemistry between them. They don't live up to the standard of Gibson/Glover, Chan/Tucker or Gooding/Cruise where the energy just bounced off one another. The twist in the plot was good although perhaps a little contrived, and the ending you could see coming a mile away. But this film rates higher than it should because of the appearance of Tim Robbins, without him though, this film would have been a dead loss.

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