Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

R  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  24 May 1991 (USA)
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Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna DeLory ...
Herself - Vocals and Dancer (as Donna Delory)
Niki Harris ...
Herself - Vocals and Dancer (as Niki Harris)
Himself - Dancer
Oliver Crumes Jr. ...
Himself - Dancer (as Oliver Crumes)
Salim Gauwloos ...
Himself - Dancer
Jose Guitierez ...
Himself - Dancer
Himself - Dancer (as Kevin Stea)
Gabriel Trupin ...
Himself - Dancer
Himself - Dancer
Sharon Gault ...
Herself - Mama Make-up
Joanne Gair ...
Herself - Madonna's Make-up
Jai Winding ...
Himself - Keyboards
Jonathan Moffett ...
Himself - Drums
Himself - Guitar (as David Williams)


From the rain of Japan, through threats of arrest for 'public indecency' in Canada, and a birthday tribute to her father in Detroit, this documentary follows Madonna on her 1990 'Blond Ambition' concert tour. Filmed in black and white, with the concert pieces in glittering MTV color, it is an intimate look at the work of the music performer, from a prayer circle with the dancers before each performance to bed games with the dance troupe afterwards. Written by Bruce Cameron <>

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Like you've never seen her before. See more »


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Rated R for strong sexual dialogue and situations | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Truth or Dare  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)


$15,012,935 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In the "Express Yourself" concert sequence, Madonna says "All right, America! Do you believe in love?" This audio is overdubbed onto footage shot in Paris, where she does not wear the ponytail as in the Japan and USA stops. Madonna's live vocals for "Express Yourself" were also replaced with the album version and the song was edited down from the longer performance featured in the actual Blond Ambition tour. See more »


When Madonna is talking to Chris after the show in Detroit, her ponytail is removed first, then it's back on, then we see it getting removed again. See more »


Madonna: [after learning Toronto police will arrest her if she simulates masturbation on-stage] Last time I was on tour, Sean was in jail. I guess it's my turn.
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Crazy Credits

All through the end credits Madonna and her dancers' voices are heard getting ready for bed and after the credits are done Madonna is shown saying, "I'm just gonna push this button and the camera's gonna go off now. Ok?" See more »


Referenced in Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002) See more »


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Written by Madonna, Stephen Bray
Bleu Disque Music Co., Inc., Webo Girl Publishing, Inc., Black Lion Music, WB Music Corp.
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Madonna takes herself very seriously
10 July 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie for the first time in 2009, almost twenty years after its release and this proves I am not a big Madonna fan. In fact, I never particularly liked or disliked her. I thought she was "cool" in "Desperately seeking Susan", but that was the "Into the Groove" time, when she had just started her rise.

The "Blonde Ambition" tour was probably the top of Madonna's career, and this would-be documentary shows her at her most unbearable. Somebody mentioned that it shines a light on her "human" side (as if she was some sort of alien), but in truth she comes across as a controlling, pretentious bitch who goes out of her way to humiliate and annoy people. Hardly the best human side one can show. Even the visit to her mother's grave is disgustingly theatrical. Instead of making you feel sorry for the child of five who lost her mum it makes you feel sorry for the spoiled brat she became.

Of course we all know that Madonna built her career on sex and the Catholic religion and by now I doubt anybody would be shocked by her swinging crucifix or her masturbation. However, tasteful it was not... and still isn't. The part filmed on stage is disappointing because some of songs performed are just not good, no matter how much sex is thrown in to spice them.

The "documentary" part is embarrassing to watch. It was interesting for me to see that Madonna had a crush on Antonio Banderas, but at the time he was married with a pretty Spanish lady (who looked a lot better both of Madonna and Melanie Griffith). Warren Beatty makes the only decent comment about the whole filming, but he is also brushed off and humiliated, not to mention the poor Costner.

I am not a Costner fan either, but his comment sounded rather sarcastic to me ("Neat" applied to the overbearing and vulgar show sounds like a sarcastic way to say "It sucked"), but looks like Madonna did not get the joke. She definitely takes herself very seriously when she describes herself as an "artist" who will not change anything in her show, even if she risks to get arrested for "indecent exposure" or any such like - very unlikely - charge.

Finally, when she talks to her father she is so arrogant and dismissive that I felt sorry for the poor guy. She even uses the word "chatartic" with the intent of confuse her father; but looks like she herself had no clue as to what that word means.

Madonna was an icon of the 80's and early 90's and possibly a decent singer, but for sure she was never a great actress and definitely not somebody with any sense of humor.

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