Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
January 11, 2023 7:56 AM - Subscribe

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

Trailer, trailer, review (Roger Ebert, 1991), review (Peter Travers, 1991), review (Midwest Film Journal, 2021)

Released internationally as 'In Bed with Madonna.'

Available on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, and Blu-Ray. For rent/sale in the US from Apple, Amazon, YouTube, etc.
posted by box (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I saw this at the cinema and all I strongly remember is that Kevin Costner came across as the Most Boring and insincere Human Being On Earth.
posted by Faintdreams at 8:02 AM on January 11, 2023 [1 favorite]

This is one of the more enjoyable backstage music movies ever.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:33 AM on January 11, 2023

I saw this in the theater and do not remember a single second of it. I think it's worth a rewatch.
posted by SoberHighland at 10:46 AM on January 11, 2023

Likewise: I forgot I had seen it, and then forgot that I had forgotten until I read this thread. Looking back, I recall exactly one second: Costner declaring the show was “neat,” and I have a vague recollection of the mockery of him once he left the room.

Two hours of my life in 1991, reduced to a second or so of video. So it goes.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 4:38 AM on January 12, 2023

I also forgot about it, but remembered two things: 1. a bemused Warren Beatty hanging around for a bit, and 2. Madonna admitting that Sean Penn was the love of her life, in a moment of candor she seems to regret putting on camera.
posted by Glinn at 6:51 AM on January 16, 2023

I saw this in high school because my then boyfriend was obsessed with Madonna and wanted to see it. (Yes, he did turn out to be gay, and yes, I'm aware that I should have realized that at the time.)

Four years later I was briefly involved with a guy who had been part of the security team for the Toronto show that is partially covered in the film. He told me he's actually in the movie, in the background of one scene, although I've never rewatched it to see. And he told me that when the Toronto police came to investigate possible public obscenity issues with the show, they were paid off. He saw the money changing hands.

Those are my Truth or Dare memories. The documentary itself I could take or leave. It's reasonably watchable, but it doesn't have much to say. I enjoy some of Madonna's music, but I've never found her very interesting or thought she has much depth. She's just a pop star who was very good at packaging and repackaging herself and at getting people's attention.
posted by orange swan at 12:20 PM on January 18, 2023

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