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Nothing to Lose (1997)

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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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

robber | boss | robbery | ghetto | money | See All (145) »


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of Martin Lawrence's character is not revealed until 50mins into the film. See more »


At the picnic, Nick puts mustard on the hot dog. But when he puts the hot dog to his mouth, there is no mustard on it. 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 »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Down and Dirty Duck (2014) See more »


New York City
Written by Dan Pritzker
Performed by Sonia Dada
Courtesy of Capricorn Records / Calliope Music
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Martin Lawrence at his best!
14 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was outstanding. Maybe I like this too much because I'm a HUGE fan of Martin Lawrence. Nothing to Lose stars Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. I think they have wonderful chemistry. The movie's about Nick Beam(Tim Robbins) who's comes home early and finds his wife cheating on him with his boss. He thinks his life couldn't get any worse until he climbs into his car goes for a joy ride and Terrance Paul Davidson(Martin Lawrence) car jacks him and since he's got NOTHING TO LOSE he steps on the gas and goes into the desert. I think everyone should see this movie. Martin fan or not go see it! 11/10

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