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A Certain Sacrifice (1985)

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A street-wise teen gets herself in a series of circumstances and mishaps in her meaningless existence.

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Charles Kurtz ...
Raymond Hall
Kate Magill ...
Susan Porter
Timmy Leight ...
The Landlady
Michael Dane ...
Transvestite Slave
Russell O. Lome ...
Male Slave
Angi Smit ...
Female Slave
Joseph Pattnosh ...
Ann Pattnosh ...
John Joseph Pattnosh ...
Young David
Karl Ludwig Selig ...
Professor Mann
Ed Krakaur ...
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Charles Daguerre Alvaré ...
Preston Basset (as Charles Daguerre Alvare)


A street-wise teen gets herself in a series of circumstances and mishaps in her meaningless existence.

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Film debut of Madonna. See more »

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Opening disclaimer: A Certain Sacrifice is a rare piece of music history. Originally shot on Super 8mm in 1979, this film exhibits a raw and intimate experimental film style. Due to the limitations of the original medium, some technical inconsistencies may be apparent. See more »


References Blonde Fire (1978) See more »


No Funny Stuff
Music and Performance by John O. Senior, Marc Goodman & Nancy Kimmins
Produced by John O. Senior
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It's prehistoric Madonna
23 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you don't mind watching a B-movie from the late 70's, shot on Super 8 film, with an art-student edge and poor sound, then you might dig it. One of the reasons why you might, particularly if you are a Madonna fan, is the fact that this is practically the only MOVING FOOTAGE (rather than the many still photos)that captured her before she was a star, at that very interesting period when she was twenty in New York, had only been there for a year or two, and at certain periods was nearly starving. This is a very sexual movie, but not in a conventional sense, it is chock full of simple impulse and flirts with the satanic. In short, it's just plain weird. It probably would best be described as a few steps up from a homemade film. An interesting piece of TRIVIA is that at the time this movie was being made, right before the rape scene in the coffee shop restroom, the director did something to try to up the authenticity of Madonna's acting. Director Stephen Lewicki took the actor who played her rapist aside and instructed him to rip her blouse off during the scene---- a detail Madonna had no idea about. If you look closely, there is an undeniably real sense of shock on her face during the scene, and I remember reading in some biography of hers that they used that take, that the director was pleased with the result. (Madonna wasn't harmed, just a little surprised.) Another bit of interesting TRIVIA is that among her on screen "family of lovers" were a few people she actually hung out with at the time, including Angie Smit, a dutch girl who had studied dancing with Madonna before she dropped out, and later had a brief stint in a band Madonna spent a great deal of time with, "The Breakfast Club."

This movie has some parts to it that are hilariously retarted, and are actually amusing. I was (and still am) a die-hard Madonna fan when I first saw this movie, and even I was a tad disappointed. For all you folks who aren't a real big fan of hers, I wouldn't recommend it, but on the whole, as I said, it was somewhat amusing. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A MOVIE SHOT ON DECENT FILM, WITH ABOVE AVERAGE ACTING, YOU ARE LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE. THIS MOVIE IS INTERESTING AT BEST.

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