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NOTHING TO LOSE

SYNOPSIS:
Life couldn’t get any worse for advertising executive Nick Beam (Tim Robbins). The plug to his connection with reality has just been ripped out after finding his adoring wife Ann (Kelly Preston) at home in fragrante delicto with his boss. Dazed and confused at a traffic light, a fast-talking carjacker named T. Paul (Martin Lawrence) shoves a gun in his face. Already past the point of who cares and with nothing to lose, Nick casts away all common sense and turns the tables on his mugger, taking him hostage. Over the long haul of a madcap road trip, complete with hold-ups, mistaken identities and revenge, an unlikely friendship gradually unfolds between this Odd Couple of losers.

"Although the script of this road movie-of-sorts is a little cluttered, Nothing to Lose is light-hearted entertainment that offers good escapism and lots of chuckles.

Tim Robbins is one of those gifted artists who is always interesting to watch, while Martin Lawrence gets most of the laughs, with impeccable timing and delivery. The humour varies from one-line gags, to ridiculous situations and slapstick. The development of the relationship between this most unlikely couple has its moments, and their confrontation with the real crim duo, is a delight.

Watch for the scene with the security guard who expertly twirls his torch on his rounds, while doing dance routines. Nothing to Lose is compelling bubble-gum for the brain, with an upbeat toe-tapping soundtrack and stunning images of the stark Arizona landscape."
Louise Keller



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NOTHING TO LOSE (M15+)
(US)

CAST: Martin Lawrence Tim Robbins, John C. McGinley, Giancarlo Esposito, Kelly Preston, Michael McKean, Rebecca Gayheart, Susan Barnes, Irma P. Hall, Patrick Cranshaw

DIRECTOR: Steve Oedekerk

PRODUCER: Martin Bregman, Dan Jinks, Michael Bregman

SCRIPT: Steve Oedekerk

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Donald E. Thorin

EDITOR: Malcolm Campbell

MUSIC: Robert Folk

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mario Caso

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 6, 1997

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