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.
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Like you've never seen her before.
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24 May 1991 (USA)
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Gross USA: $15,012,935
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $29,012,935
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
was reportedly dismayed about Madonna
making the 'gag gesture' after he called her concert "neat". He refused to comment on it in interviews at the time, but admitted that fifteen years later, while attending her concert with his children, she unexpectedly apologized to him from stage. See more
Supposedly the live footage is filmed in the United States (she even greets the audience by saying 'Alright America do you believe in love' but they zoom out so far that you can't see her lips moving). In the United States Madonna was wearing the ponytail. In all the live footage she has curled hair. This means the show was actually filmed in Europe (according to the credits, it was in Paris). There are several references to the live footage being filmed in America, especially Like a Virgin in Toronto and Keep it Together (the technical problems) in Los Angeles, even though that footage was also filmed in Paris. See more
[after Madonna declines to talk to her doctor off-camera
She doesn't want to live off-camera, much less talk. There's nothing to say off-camera. Why would you say something if it's off-camera? What point is there existing?
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
The second UK video release was cut by 57s for a 15 certificate, removing some sex references:
- (49 mins) When Madonna refers to her old school friend in spotted dress, remove her line "Did she say she finger-fucked me?"
- (64½ mins) In man's account of woman being raped, remove "Her bum was bleeding."
- (83 mins) When Madonna talks about being in her father's bed, remove her phrase ". . . after he fucked me .... "
- (95 mins) Remove Madonna's question to black man sitting at table "Have you ever been fucked up the ass".
- (96½ mins) After two men break apart from kiss, remove whole episode in which Madonna is asked to show how she "gives head" with a bottle, resuming on woman in profile asking "Madonna, truth or dare?"
A sticker on the cover stated it was a "specially edited version".
This was just done to boost sales - all other releases (cinema/initial video/DVD) are uncut with an 18 certificate. See more
Live to Tell
Written by Madonna
, Patrick Leonard
Bleu Disque Music Co., Inc., Webo Girl Publishing, Inc., Johnny Yuma Music, WB Music Corp.
Performed by Madonna See more