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Madonna At The Movies

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She may be one of the most successful musicians of the last 30 years, but that has never been enough for Madonna Louise Ciccone. Whenever she takes a break from the recording studio, the provocative blonde likes nothing more than having a dabble in the movie biz. With a helping hand from several of her male admirers (Warren Beatty, Guy Ritchie etc.), she's landed several major film roles and given us performances ranging from the awful to the actually-fairly-okay.

DS takes a look back at Madonna's five most memorable movie roles.


Swept Away (2002)

If those Madonna/Guy rift rumours are true, they surely date back to this silver screen monstrosity from 2002. Given the starring role by her director hubbie, Madonna turns in a suitably stinking performance as rich bitch Amber Leighton. So awful it wasn't even released in the UK, this movie is the proud owner of five Golden Raspberry awards, including Madge's fifth Worst Actress gong.


Evita (1996)

Because Madonna's acting career is ribbed so mercilessly, it's largely forgotten that she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Eva Peron. Adapted from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, she's rumoured to have beaten Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand and Michelle Pfeiffer to the lead role. Her moving performance here makes her other big screen failures seem all the more baffling.


Body Of Evidence (1993)

A regular fixture on many critics' "Worst Ever.." lists, this soft-core erotic romp is big on nudity but not so hot on plot/character/excitement. Still, Madge seems to be enjoying herself in her ludicrous sex scenes with Willem Dafoe, whom she apparently insisted on hiring due to the size of his manhood. It went on to find a regular home on late-night Channel 5 during the nineties.


Dick Tracy (1990)

Madonna allegedly bagged the role of Breathless Mahoney in this comic strip adaptation because of her fling with leading man Warren Beatty. Well, it certainly couldn't have been thanks to recent flops Shanghai Surprise and Who's That Girl. Fans will remember her Oscar-winning song 'Sooner Or Later' from the soundtrack, but the snipers won't forgive her for 'Hanky Panky'.


Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Along with Evita, this offbeat comedy is a rare treat among Madonna's movie debris. Still watchable now as a piece of eighties nostalgia, Madonna does what she does best here - playing herself. The soundtrack features 'Into The Groove', her first UK No.1, while the film captures the bohemian side of New York pretty well. Well worth hunting down on DVD.

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