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      Madonna: Truth or Dare

      R Released May 10, 1991 1 hr. 58 min. Documentary Music List
      86% 35 Reviews Tomatometer 70% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score This documentary chronicles Madonna's controversial 1990 "Blonde Ambition" international tour, kicking off in Japan during its rainy season, then traveling to North America with significant stops in Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, and New York. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Madonna's relationships with her dancers and crew, her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, and her family and friends, achieving an intimate glimpse into the boundary-pushing singer's drive and individuality. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 20 Buy Now

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      Vincent R This documentary was fantastic it showed everything Madonna went through when she toured in the 80s and how she made all the music videos. This was a very good documentary for Madonna I can watch it over and over. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/24 Full Review Audience Member This may very well be the template for the modern pop-star documentary that laid the foundation for many others Madonna is one of the biggest, most influential artists since the early 1980's For a personal documentary directed by Alex Keshishian she lays out the mindset of her daily routine getting ready and finishing each concert performance, she rewrites the rules of the game as it were Every time a show ends it's almost like a depression for her, she has to adjust to the fact that a new one will start again and end very soon Madonna has the looks, the wardrobe, the singing talent, the dance choreography, and the star power to keep such a beloved fanbase Here we see portions of her performing on stage in color and the other in her dressing room and outside the spotlight in black-and-white In 1990 after her visit to Japan during the Blonde Ambition tour she felt like a mother figure to her backup dancers and crew members, the innocence of her dancers move Madonna in a nice way Here she's very open in the way she speaks to the camera and 'Truth or Dare' learned how to inject performative candor into the world of pop-music via documentary Most of the time you see the curtain pulled back revealing the hardship of the work an artist brings to the table or the rage being unleashed but not here, Madonna expresses her frustrations during and after each show from technical issues to timing things just right Obviously no one wants a disappointed audience because every part of the lineup has to go according to plan, thankfully Madonna has a dedicated diverse, multicultural crew integral to the staging as her Why say something if it's off-camera?, what point is there existing?, shouldn't a peek behind the curtain be a perk you can control?, we can never expect things to go perfectly or wrong altogether, you can never really know someone even on camera their whole lives Madonna is famous but that doesn't mean she still can't have fun, have friends, get angry, depressed, and have an occasional off-night She even has cool encounters with celebrities like Antonio Banderas and Kevin Costner Her mother was the world to her but after she died it hit Madonna in a strange way yet she continued to sing her heart out with such passion Even when Madonna was sick and couldn't sing for a time she relied on other people to be a link to the outside world and gather herself 'Truth or Dare' shows what happens when people stop being nice and start being real Madonna writes her own narrative warts-and-all plus future artists would follow the same kind of template telling their stories with all its brutal honesty, few pop stars now have the confidence or bravery trusting people outside to capture the truth without being vetted or micromanaged She's an artist that chooses to express herself not changing it for anybody, to her it's all a journey that's very cathartic Plus the fact that she's a massive advocate for the LGBTQ inspires so many giving the community a voice This is the gorgeously-shot version of the ugly truth Madonna conveys, she was a woman who loved pushing boundaries and taking chances The ideal relationship between celebrity and fan has shifted since the last 30 years, 'Truth or Dare' isn't just a concert flick but more of an interpretation on pop mythmaking and construction of identity A highly entertaining documentary that shows a lot of that gamble pays off altering the perception of what concert movies should be Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/14/23 Full Review Robson T Truth or Dare offers the best of Madonna. Sassy, ​​funny, brave, and visionary. The documentary accompanies the singer during one of her most famous tours, the blond ambition. And the name couldn't be more appropriate. Madonna changed the way of performing in pop with this show. We have funny moments, tense moments and very serious moments like the LGBT fight and the campaign for safe sex during the AIDS epidemic. Madonna will always be seen as a strong woman and warrior who also looked out for marginalized groups and gave them space to shine alongside her on her stage. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Nothing like it. Still holds up. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/28/22 Full Review robson t Madonna recorded one of the heights of an extensive career. Sexy. Fun. Bold and Necessary. Art and culture mix with dance and social manifestations that have become more important over the years. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review jon c This may very well be the template for the modern pop-star documentary that laid the foundation for many others Madonna is one of the biggest, most influential artists since the early 1980's For a personal documentary directed by Alex Keshishian she lays out the mindset of her daily routine getting ready and finishing each concert performance, she rewrites the rules of the game as it were Every time a show ends it's almost like a depression for her, she has to adjust to the fact that a new one will start again and end very soon Madonna has the looks, the wardrobe, the singing talent, the dance choreography, and the star power to keep such a beloved fanbase Here we see portions of her performing on stage in color and the other in her dressing room and outside the spotlight in black-and-white In 1990 after her visit to Japan during the Blonde Ambition tour she felt like a mother figure to her backup dancers and crew members, the innocence of her dancers move Madonna in a nice way Here she's very open in the way she speaks to the camera and 'Truth or Dare' learned how to inject performative candor into the world of pop-music via documentary Most of the time you see the curtain pulled back revealing the hardship of the work an artist brings to the table or the rage being unleashed but not here, Madonna expresses her frustrations during and after each show from technical issues to timing things just right Obviously no one wants a disappointed audience because every part of the lineup has to go according to plan, thankfully Madonna has a dedicated diverse, multicultural crew integral to the staging as her Why say something if it's off-camera?, what point is there existing?, shouldn't a peek behind the curtain be a perk you can control?, we can never expect things to go perfectly or wrong altogether, you can never really know someone even on camera their whole lives Madonna is famous but that doesn't mean she still can't have fun, have friends, get angry, depressed, and have an occasional off-night She even has cool encounters with celebrities like Antonio Banderas and Kevin Costner Her mother was was the world to her but after she died it hit Madonna in a strange way yet she continued to sing her heart out with such passion Even when Madonna was sick and couldn't sing for a time she relied on other people to be a link to the outside world and gather herself 'Truth or Dare' shows what happens when people stop being nice and start being real Madonna writes her own narrative warts-and-all plus future artists would follow the same kind of template telling their stories with all its brutal honesty, few pop stars now have the confidence or bravery trusting people outside to capture the truth without being vetted or micromanaged She's an artist that chooses to express herself not changing it for anybody, to her it's all a journey that's very cathartic Plus the fact that she's a massive advocate for the LGBTQ inspires so many giving the community a voice This is the gorgeously-shot version of the ugly truth Madonna conveys, she was a woman who loved pushing boundaries and taking chances The ideal relationship between celebrity and fan has shifted since the last 30 years, 'Truth or Dare' isn't just a concert flick but more of an interpretation on pop mythmaking and construction of identity A highly entertaining documentary that shows a lot of that gamble pays off altering the perception of what concert movies should be Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Truth or Dare, which comes on as if it were truth and dare, sets out to give us both the “real” offstage Madonna, shot in grainy black and white, and the performing Madonna during her “Blond Ambition” tour, shot in color. Rated: 3/4 May 24, 2022 Full Review Liz Moody Empire Magazine Feeling at times carefully orchestrated, if you can accept this as part of Madonna's 'any publicity is good publicity' campaign, you'll be fine. And the concert footage is top value. Rated: 4/5 Oct 16, 2019 Full Review Noel Murray AV Club As it stands, Truth Or Dare is useful today largely as a study in marketing. Rated: B Sep 24, 2019 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) A very entertaining, and professional documentary. [Full review in Spanish] Aug 2, 2023 Full Review Terry Francis Southern Voice (Atlanta) Decadent good fun. Rated: 3/4 May 9, 2023 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault The movie shows you exactly the image Madonna wants to put across, and no more. Rated: C Aug 31, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis This documentary chronicles Madonna's controversial 1990 "Blonde Ambition" international tour, kicking off in Japan during its rainy season, then traveling to North America with significant stops in Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, and New York. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Madonna's relationships with her dancers and crew, her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, and her family and friends, achieving an intimate glimpse into the boundary-pushing singer's drive and individuality.
      Director
      Alek Keshishian
      Executive Producer
      Madonna
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 10, 1991, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 21, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $12.9M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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