Without You I'm Nothing (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Without You I'm Nothing (1990)




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In this stylized adaptation of her 1988 off-Broadway show, singer/actress/comedian Sandra Bernhard explores celebrity, stereotypes, and her own childhood in a series of monologues and musical numbers. Although much of the material comes straight from the original stage show, Bernhard and co-writer John Boskovich updated many of her pop-cultural musings and added several new production numbers. They also turned a one-woman show into something of a mockumentary, staging interviews with Bernhard's fictional manager (Lu Leonard) and adding several additional characters. Most of the action is staged in a theater full of well-heeled African American patrons who slowly leave in disgust at Bernhard's performance, which includes her deadpan fantasies about an imagined gentile childhood, a dalliance with Warren Beatty, and a trip to Studio 54. Originally given a limited release by New Line Cinema in 1990, Without You I'm Nothing was quickly pulled from theaters when the company that produced it went bankrupt. Eventually, however, it made its was to home video and DVD.

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Steve Antin
as Himself
John Doe
as Himself
Lu Leonard
as Sandra's Manager
Ken Foree
as Emcee
Robin Byrd
as Shower Woman
Denise Vlasis
as Shoshanna
Djimon Hounsou
as Ex-Boy Friend
Annie Livingstone
as Hippie Girl
Estuardo M. Volty
as Backup Singer
Grace Broughton
as Female Backup Singer
Axel Vera
as "Female" Backup Singer
Kevin Dorsey
as Male Backup Singer
Arnold McCuller
as Male Backup Singer
Oren Waters
as Male Backup Singer
Vonte Sweet
as Child Caroler
Jeff Wiener
as Child Caroler
Stephanie Clark
as Ballet Dancer
Indrani de Souza
as Ballet Dancer
Hardy Keith
as Ballet Dancer
Sebastian Russell
as Ballet Dancer
Ellen Sims
as Ballet Dancer
Carlton Wilborn
as Ballet Dancer
Joe di Giandomenico
as Go Go Dancer
Felix Montano
as Go Go Dancer
Stephanie Albers
as Hippie Girl
Robin Antin
as Hippie Girl
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Critic Reviews for Without You I'm Nothing

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

The conclusion of Sandra Bernhard's Without You I'm Nothing is one of the rarest, strangest film finishes in the history of the medium.

August 17, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Parts of it are funny, parts of it are moving, and parts of it are uncomfortable and off-putting. It's not a jolly night out at the movies. My first reaction, frankly, was that I wasn't enjoying myself. Then I analyzed that feeling.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is, like much of the best visual, film and performance art being done today, entertaining on a mass-appeal level and radical, subversive and challenging.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

I think the world of entertainment can always use a few angry, gifted oddballs like Sandra Bernhard.

September 7, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Without You I'm Nothing


Sandra Bernhard is interesting but this film is less so. Sometimes the full extent of a personality can be lost in the hands of a lesser biographer and I'm not sure that Boskovich succeeds here despite the fact that Bernhard co-wrote this piece.

John Ballantine
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