Without You I'm Nothing (film)

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Without You I'm Nothing
Cover of 2000 VHS re-release
Directed by John Boskovich
Produced by Jonathan D. Krane
Screenplay by Sandra Bernhard
John Boskovich
Starring Sandra Bernhard
Music by Patrice Rushen
Cinematography Joseph Yacoe
Edited by Pamela Malouf-Cundy
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • May 4, 1990 (1990-05-04)
(New York City)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Without You I'm Nothing is a 1990 American musical comedy film starring and written by comedian and singer Sandra Bernhard, based on material from her award-winning one-woman show of the same name, which was produced by Terry Danuser.

The film was shot on location in August 1989 at The Coconut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Karole Armitage was the choreographer. Directed by John Boskovich, the film recreates moments from the stage show, often with Bernhard dressed in zany costumes reminiscent of the character she is embodying without actually "becoming" that character. Interspersed are faux-interview bits with actress Lu Leonard as Bernhard's manager and actor Steve Antin, with whom she would later co-star in the film Inside Monkey Zetterland.

The film is notorious for a finale in which Bernhard wears nothing but pasties and an extremely skimpy G-string (in an American Flag print) and proceeds to go-go dance to the song "Little Red Corvette" by Prince. It was not a commercial success, but it was highly praised by critics for its caustic commentary on American values and celebrity culture.

In Bernhard's 2006 Off-Broadway show Everything Bad & Beautiful, she concludes by showing the final footage from this film: Cynthia Bailey writing "Fuck Sandra Bernhard" on a tablecloth in lipstick.

Video release[edit]

Cover of original 1990 VHS

Without You I'm Nothing was released on VHS video cassette on December 19, 1990 and became a cult classic, prompting it to be re-released (again on VHS) in 2000 as part of the "MGM Avant-Garde Cinema" collection.

It was released on DVD on August 23, 2005.

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