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A Certain Sacrifice (1985)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 1985 (USA)
A street-wise teen gets herself in a series of circumstances and mishaps in her meaningless existence.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Pattnosh ...
Bruna (as Louise Ciccone)
Charles Kurtz ...
Raymond Hall
Kate Magill ...
Susan Porter
Timmy Leight ...
The Landlady
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 ...
Learning Center Friend
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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Crime | Drama


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1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'oggetto del desiderio  »

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$20,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


In the summer of 1979, Madonna penned a three-page letter to director Stephen Jon Lewicki in response to a newspaper ad seeking a female to play the lead in the film. Later, when photostats of the letter surfaced for public viewing, it struck many as bizarre that the then-21-year-old Madonna was already lying about her age, listing her year of birth as 1959 - a year after her actual birthday in 1958. But in context, this makes perfect sense, because Lewicki advertised for a female between 18 and 20. 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 »


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Words, Music, Performance by Nancy Lefleur
Produced by Daniel Lessner & Paul Scott
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18 January 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This 'low budget' movie is awful in every way. The sound is awful and the picture ain't all that great. I'm sure Madonna has been dreading the day when this thing gets dug up from it's grave I mean who saw it the first time round? No one maybe. This obviously wasn't meant for a commercial cinematic release, but I reckon I can make home movies better than this. The plot requires a surprisingly innocent looking Madonna playing a young dominatrix (WHAT??? MADONNA???!!!), who is raped in some toilet at a diner. She gets the attacker back by getting her friends to perform satanic sexual acts on him. Madonna stripped off, flaunted her body and did everything that she did again later on circa 1990-1992 and beyond. History repeats itself I guess. It showed that Madonna really didn't have any natural talent for acting itself and should have stayed away from it in the future.

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