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Nothing to Lose (1997)

Nick's wife's in bed with his boss. He later gets a gun to his head by a carjacker but steps on the gas pedal. They end up friends after adventures together - holdups, burglary, reckless driving, revenge etc. Twists follow.

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Steve Oedekerk

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Steve Oedekerk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Lawrence ... Terrance Paul Davidson
Tim Robbins ... Nick Beam
John C. McGinley ... Davis 'Rig' Lanlow
Giancarlo Esposito ... Charlie Dunt
Kelly Preston ... Ann Beam
Michael McKean ... Phillip "P.B" Barrow
Rebecca Gayheart ... Danielle
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Delores
Irma P. Hall ... Bertha 'Mama' Davidson
Samaria Graham ... Lisa Davidson
Marcus T. Paulk ... Joey Davidson (as Marcus Paulk)
Penny Bae Bridges ... Tonya Davidson
Steve Oedekerk ... Security Guard Baxter
Mary Jo Keenen Mary Jo Keenen ... Grace
Lisa Mende ... Emma
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Storyline

When a man (Robbins) believes he has discovered that his wife is having an affair with his boss, it sets off a chain reaction of events. First he wanders into a ghetto where a robber (Lawrence) tries to take his money at gunpoint, but instead sets a wild ride from California to Arizona. The two eventually become reluctant friends. Discussing robbery techniques, they decide to get back at the boss by robbing an office safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Life is further complicated by another pair of robbers who chase the first two for infringing on their territory. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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One has no job. The other has no life. Together, they have everything to gain and... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nada a Perder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,617,767, 20 July 1997

Gross USA:

$44,455,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,000,000
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Company Credits

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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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When T jumps out of the back of Nick's Yukon, the third stoplight does not work, but when Nick pulls into his driveway it does. 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 »

Alternate Versions

When aired on USA in 2001, all the bad language usage was removed and redubbed. Also the scene where Nick asks Manny if he's ever had a really bad day and Manny says he's having one right now; Martin Lawrence's sentence of "you got a funny way of not robbing the motherfucker" was changed to "then you definately need to brush up on consumer edicate."; The ending shown after the credits where a mail man brings an envelope marked "Hillbilly Motherfucker" to the Oasis Gas Station owner filled with cash was not shown. See more »


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Written by Michael Jackson
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A Fun, Cheeky Film With a Cinematic Genius and M. Lawrence
27 August 2006 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Tim Robbins is a fantastic actor. He was wonderful in "Shawshank Redemption", and "Mystic River" and pretty much everything else he's ever done (even "Anchorman"). He was wonderful in this movie, even though it didn't really demand a lot of talent.

A man (Robbins) finds his wife in bed with his boss, and after being almost robbed at gunpoint comes up with the genius idea to steal his boss's fortune. Along with Martin Lawrence, he becomes a criminal mastermind.

Martin Lawrence is a great comedian on film. "Black Knight" and "Blue Streak" are both wonderful and this film is no exception. His show "Martin" was less sophisticated, but luckily he has shied away from that. The writer/director is Steve Oedekirk, originally (I believe) a writer for "In Living Color" after being discovered on "Star Search". He's now best known for "Kung Pow! Enter the Fist" and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls", and you'll find more of that stupid but clever humor here.

The film's use of music is funny, if poorly conceived. One scene involves an impromptu dance by Robbins to "Scatman" which should be stupid, but proved some chuckles. Odekirk cameos as a security guard who likes to sing and dance, which plays into the plot very well.

Add the very sexy Rebecca Gayheart, Michael McKean and John C. McKInley (who seems to guest star in pretty much everything) and you've got yourself a quirky comedy with a very diverse and talented ensemble cast. This will likely not be your favorite film and you might not even remember it a year from now, but it's certainly worth at least one shot. Because, heck, Tim Robbins can do no wrong.

Oh, and if you like vulgarity, there is a (very funny) scene where the F-word is used nearly fifty times in a two minute span. So, that's fun.


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