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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 »


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

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18 July 1997 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 4,404,511 (Germany) (2 January 1998)

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DEM 14,562,724 (Germany) (30 January 1998)
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The name of Martin Lawrence's character is not revealed until 50mins into the film. See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene, the villain tosses his cigarette out the window into the SUV, but the same cigarette appears back with the villain in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Soundtracks

If I Had No Loot
Written by Steve Cropper, Ice Cube (as O'Shea Jackson), Raphael Saadiq,
Eddie Floyd, John Bautista, Willie Harris and Anthony Wheaton
Performed by Tony! Toni! Toné! (as Tony Toni Toné)
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Licensing
Contains a sample of "Knock On Wood"
Written by Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd
Performed by Eddie Floyd
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Contains a sample of "The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit"
Written by Ice Cube (as O'Shea Jackson) and Anthony Wheaton
Performed by Ice Cube
Courtesy of Priority Records
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25 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

What does one get when one mixes two different types of actors as the leads in a comedy?: A surprise! "Nothing to Lose" shows how Steve Oedekerk's gamble in casting such different actors as Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins can produce great results.

Not being a fan of Mr. Lawrence's style of comedy, we decided to take a gamble on this 1997 film that came and went without much fanfare. In fact, we had no expectations whatsoever as to what to expect because even the trailers we remember seeing at the time before its release didn't show anything of interest.

In fact, Mr. Lawrence, guided by the expert hand of Mr. Oederkerk, shows a man that can deliver without resorting to his usual excesses. Tim Robbins on the other hand shows an uncanny flair for this type of comedy and a chemistry for his co-star. Both these actors are seen at their best in the comedy.

"Nothing to Lose" feels shorter than its 98 minutes running time. There are also good supporting players behind the stars. Kelly Preston, John McGinley, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael McKean and the fabulous Irma P. Hall, who one would have loved to have seen more of because she is an extraordinary and accomplished actress.

Let this film win you over and watch it without any preconceived ideas because it's packs a lot of fun.


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