Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.


Alek Keshishian
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madonna ... Self
Donna DeLory Donna DeLory ... Self - Vocals and Dancer (as Donna Delory)
Niki Haris Niki Haris ... Self - Vocals and Dancer (as Niki Harris)
Luis Camacho ... Self - Dancer
Oliver Crumes Jr. Oliver Crumes Jr. ... Self - Dancer (as Oliver Crumes)
Salim Gauwloos Salim Gauwloos ... Self - Dancer
Kevin Alexander Stea ... Self - Dancer (as Kevin Stea)
Gabriel Trupin Gabriel Trupin ... Self - Dancer
Carlton Wilborn ... Self - Dancer
Sharon Gault Sharon Gault ... Self - Mama Make-up
Joanne Gair Joanne Gair ... Self - Madonna's Make-up
Jai Winding Jai Winding ... Self - Keyboards
Jonathan Moffett Jonathan Moffett ... Self - Drums
David Williams David Williams ... Self - Guitar
Luis Conte Luis Conte ... Self - Percussion


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 »


Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Kevin Costner 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 »


Gay pride protesters: We're here! We're queer! Get used to it!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers (1998) See more »


Promise to Try
Written by Madonna, Patrick Leonard
Bleu Disque Music Co., Inc., Webo Girl Publishing, Inc., Johnny Yuma Music, WB Music Corp.
Performed by Madonna
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User Reviews

"Neat"? Anyone who says my show is neat has to go.
1 October 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I have always been fascinated with Madonna. I feel that she has been unfairly maligned over the years, as are many who stretch the envelope with new ideas and thinking.

I have to admit I tuned into this documentary just to see Pedro Almodovar. I hadn't realized that Madonna had a thing for Antonio Bandaras and she got to meet him at a party thrown in her honor by Almodovar. Unbelievable, that she lost out to Melanie Griffith.

Seeing Madonna backstage shines a whole new light on her and makes her out to be someone who really cares about putting on a good show and, more importantly, shows her as someone who loves every - black, white, gay, straight - it doesn't matter. Everyone except Kevin Costner, who had the audacity to call her show "neat."

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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madonna: Truth or Dare See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$543,250, 12 May 1991

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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