On May 17 1991, Madonna: Truth Or Dare was released in 538 U.S. movie theatres.
Madonna: Truth or Dare chronicled the life of Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. The film was well received by critics and was successful at the box office, at that point becoming the highest-grossing documentary of all time with a worldwide gross of $29,012,935.
Outside of North America, where the game that inspired the documentary’s title was not well known at the time, the film was marketed under the title In Bed with Madonna – despite protests from Madonna herself who found the alternate title unoriginal.
A Blu-Ray edition of the documentary was recently announced for the UK market and interestingly it uses the film’s original, Madonna-approved title, Madonna: Truth or Dare. If the release pans out as announced, it will be the first domestic UK release of the film to use this title.
On May 11 1991, the Wayne’s World Madonna Fantasy on Saturday Night Live aired. The sketch ranked #4 among the Top 50 Greatest ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches of All Time!
From Rollingstone: “It was terrifying,” Mike Myers has said of kissing Madonna. And no wonder: In 1991, there was no more intimidating star than the just-banned-from-MTV Material Girl. Her fantasy rendezvous with Wayne and Garth was probably SNL‘s most perfect pop culture convergence ever: One of the most famous people on earth, writhing in the black-and-white world of Justify My Love, the most controversial video of all time, speaking in the dopey slang (“No way!” “Way!”) of the most popular recurring characters since the Blues Brothers. And we were only approaching Waynemania, which would peak in 1992 with their feature film. During shooting, Myers and Dana Carvey had a personal falling-out, and were never quite able to re-capture the magic – though that didn’t stop Lorne Michaels from producing a sequel or doing the sketch seven more times.
On March 2 1991, Madonna’s Rescue Me single was reviewed in Billboard magazine.
Despite Billboard’s predictions, with no music video to promote the release, Rescue Me peaked at #9. However, it was also her highest debut on the Hot 100 at the time, entering at #15 due to early adds for the song on radio playlists.