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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

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Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

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Tick / Mitzi
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Adam / Felicia
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Logowoman (as Rebel Russell)
John Casey ...
Bartender
June Marie Bennett ...
Shirley
Murray Davies ...
Miner
Frank Cornelius ...
Piano Player
Bob Boyce ...
Petrol Station Attendant
Leighton Picken ...
Young Adam
Maria Kmet ...
Ma
Joseph Kmet ...
Pa
Alan Dargin ...
Aboriginal Man
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Julia Cortez ...
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Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transgender woman contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla. En route, it is discovered that the woman they've contracted with is Anthony's wife. Their bus breaks down, and is repaired by Bob, who travels on with them. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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Finally, a comedy that will change the way you think, the way you feel, and most importantly... the way you dress. See more »

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Rated R for sex-related situations and language | See all certifications »

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10 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras de Priscilla, reina del desierto  »

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$11,059,700 (USA)
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Trivia

Hugo Weaving's character was based on Sydney drag-queen Cindy Pastel, who like the character has a son and female companion. See more »

Goofs

After the bus breaks down for the first time in the Australian outback, and Tick (Hugo Weaving) has just given up on trying to fix it, he sits down to eat breakfast with Bernadette (Terence Stamp). In the exchange, a cameraman and some crew members are visible in the reflection of Bernadette's sunglasses. See more »

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Cynthia: Me perform for you. Me sing!
Bob: No, Cynthia, you no perform. They perform, not you.
[Cynthia shouts viciously in an Asian language]
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Featured in Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002) See more »

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Save The Best For Last
Written by Wendy Waldman, Jon Lind and Phil Galdston
Performed by Vanessa Williams
Published by Longitude Music Co. / Moon and Stars Music / Virgin Songs Inc. / Big Mystique Music / Kazzoom Music Inc.
Courtesy PolyGram Records Inc. USA
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A Weaving Pearce Stamp For Collectors
3 February 2005 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

What unlikely trio to fall in love with, just as unlikely as the landscape. When a movie fits so well without a tag that links it to anything else in its historic film context, it can only be described as a happy accident. Premeditated for sure, but accident nonetheless. Terence Stamp, is an actor with a spectacular career. Varied and surprising. It defies description, but let me try. Peter Ustinov's "Billy Budd" William Wyler's "The Collector" Federico Fellini's "Spirit of the Dead" John Schlesinger's "Far From The Madding Crowd" Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Teorema" Joseph Losey's "Modesty Blaise" Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" Stephen Frear's "The Hit" Richard Donner's "Superman" "Steven Sodebergh's "The Limey" Am I making my point? He is an actor for all seasons, beautiful beyond belief to boot. In "The Adventures of Pricilla Queen of The Desert" he unveils another unexpected side to his considerable talents. A Woman. And what a woman, a Meryl Streep with a past and, thanks to director Stephan Elliot, with a future. Dressed by geniuses. More human than ever. He is flanked by two spectacular Aussies. Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) giving a performance of such tenderness that even my brother in law, a homophobic macho man of the first order,loved him. And Guy Pearce (L A Confidential) He is such a beautiful,sexy, funny girl that made me long for a her/he all to myself. Some other monstrously cloned movies were rushed into production trying to capitalize on the success of Pricilla. They all failed miserably and rightly so. Frank Capra, accepting his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award sent a profound and heartfelt advise to young filmmakers. "Don't follow trends, start new ones" Well done Mr Elliot. Well done.


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