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A Certain Sacrifice


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  • Actors: Madonna, Jeremy Pattnosh
  • Directors: Steven Jon Lewicki
  • Format: Color
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Legacy Entertainment, Inc.
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002UGVHO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the back cover: "Certain to shock, certain to be talked about and certain to be a collector's item. This rare piece of music history was shot in 1979 but not released to the public until 1985. "A Certain Sacrifice" is the first project ever in which Madonna tested her acting abilities. Though raw and mostly improvised, it's clear that even as an unkown, 20 year old Madonna had intrigue which would be better displayed in her later projects."

Customer Reviews

Story line a bit shaky as well.
Carol Toscano
A possible contender for the worst movie ever made, this garage horror film looks as if it were shot in out-of-focus 8mm with no lighting.
a movie fan
It's only an hour long, which seems like too much at times.
Tim Verheyn Junior

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Da Man on January 5, 2006
Format: DVD
critics have long loved to beat down Madonna's film work, as some movies such as Swept Away and Who's That Girl were nowhere as bad as the reviews and Razzies led you to believe.

However, years before stardom hit, Madonna starred in a movie that was so bad, that it provides competition for the likes of Manos: The Hands Of Fate and Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Filmed in 1979 with a really low budget and released in 1985 to cash in on Madonna's popularity, A Certain Sacrifice has the queen of pop playing a streetwise (is it me or were all of her pre-Dick Tracy movie characters streetwise? lol) bohemian named Bruna who falls in love with a college dropout named Dashiel (Jeremy Pattnosh)

Bruna is quite the kinky one, with a "family of lovers" who she frequently has group sex with, she breaks up with them to be with Dashiel, but the happiness only lasts for so long. A racist, foul man named Raymond Hall, who Dashiel had a restaurant run-in with earlier in the movie rapes Bruna in a diner restroom.

Dashiel promises Bruna he will exact revenge, so Bruna and her family of lovers catch and kidnap Raymond one day... and this leads us to the films climax, where Hall is murdered in a Satanic sacrificial rock ritual.

Madonna unsuccessfully tried to sue to prevent this from being released to the public, but thankfully it came out anyways. If they ever revive Mystery Science Theater on pay-cable, this would certainly be a ripe movie for them to pick on.

Why do I give this two stars? it's so bad that the badness actually makes it watchable. ONLY for Madonna diehards and those who enjoy bad movies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Verheyn Junior on October 2, 2005
Format: DVD
What an...interesting DVD. I found it at...TOPS! LOL. [...] I heard about this movie on a VH1 or MTV special on Madonna. At the end, in the credits, we learn Madonna's full name. My friends took away my "gay license" because I didn't already know it (Madonna Louise Cicconi). You can tell this movie was independent. The audio sucks, the film is dark and grainy, as others have stated. The music is not bad, actually. The best song is what they play with the credits. This is NOT a spoiler, but the end of the film gets NASTY! Basically, Madonna plays a woman who is assaulted and gets her army of lovers to get revenge on the guy. It's only an hour long, which seems like too much at times. You get to see Madonna's [...] a few times. I had a little trouble following who was who at times. I think there were 2 guys that looked alike, not sure if it was two different guys or not. The reason I got this was because it's considered a rare item. I probably won't ever watch it again.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By a movie fan on April 11, 2005
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A possible contender for the worst movie ever made, this garage horror film looks as if it were shot in out-of-focus 8mm with no lighting. But the DVD looks no worse than the video release from the 1980s. The only conceivable reason for watching this is for a pre-celebrity Madonna in a couple of topless scenes. If that's worth $5, then Body of Evidence should weigh in at several thou.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Spurling on March 26, 2007
Format: DVD
A boy does NOT want to rake the leaves. There's an argument. Two guys in a diner have a conversation that threatens to never ever EVER end. There's an argument. Close-ups of eyes and the wall.

A guy with band-aids on his face approaches a girl dancing in a sprinkler. He pulls a gun on her, and they fall in love. But there's trouble in paradise when he finds out she has a "family of lovers." There's an argument. Close-ups of eyes and the ground. He also argues with a landlady.

When the girl is attacked in the bathroom, there's nothing left to do but call on her family of lovers for help. They kidnap the attacker and force him to watch their song and dance routine that doesn't come close to syncing up with the soundtrack. There's, of course, more close-ups of eyes and then they kill him... or something.

The film ends with a touching scene of the young couple making love bathed in the attacker's blood, and they all live happily ever after... all but the audience of course.

"A Certain Sacrifice" is a very low-budget exploitation film starring everyone's favorite tramp, Madonna, before she was discovered. It was shot in 1979 but was not released (for obvious reasons) until 1985 after Madonna's superstardom. The actors made up most of the dialogue, and the audience was apparently supposed to make up most of the plot. The cameraman seemed to be a quadriplegic, flailing around randomly, shooting everything except what's going on. The editor must have refused to cut a single second of the pointless and excruciatingly dull footage. Our only salvation from the hideous acting is that most of the dialogue was obscured by background noise. Surely there must be a better way to see Madonna's boobs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CryWolf854 on November 26, 2012
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I've been a lifelong Madonna fan for over 20 years now and it was during a VH1 bio on her when I learned of this little unknown movie she did back before she became the Material Girl. Now, after seeing it for the first time, I can see why it should've remained unknown.

Simply put, it's dreck of the lowest caliber. I mean this celluloid disaster makes Swept Away look like Titanic.

Madonna plays this streetwise trick who falls in love with some thug who thinks he's some sort of Devil worshiper. She also happens to be a member of a love cult and keeps three particular lovers around (one is transgendered). Over the course of 60 minutes (don't let the short run time fool you. This movie feels like its The English Patient.) we watch these two lovebirds fall madly in love with one another despite the fact that he pulls a gun on her the moment he meets her. Then one day, Madonna is attacked and raped. So she turns to her Anton LeVey wannabe boyfriend and he and his cult of followers find the man responsible and they exact their revenge on him. In the end, the lovers are reunited and they make deep, passionate love while soaked head to toe in her attackers blood.

The sound and picture quality are horrendous. I swear after ten minutes of having to squint to try and see what was going on, I felt the oncoming of a headache, The acting is on the level of cheap porn. And the musical numbers are laugh out loud jokes. "We will drink the blood that flows/ from his head down to his toes"? Who wrote this crap? It's little wonder why Madonna tried to sue the director to keep this movie from being released. It's a real tragedy that she failed and now I sacrificed an hour of my time for having seen it.
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