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

R  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  10 August 1994 (USA)
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Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Logowoman (as Rebel Russell)
John Casey ...
June Marie Bennett ...
Murray Davies ...
Frank Cornelius ...
Piano Player
Bob Boyce ...
Petrol Station Attendant
Leighton Picken ...
Young Adam
Maria Kmet ...
Joseph Kmet ...
Alan Dargin ...
Aboriginal Man
Julia Cortez ...
Cynthia Campos


Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transexual (Bernadette) 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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It's the Australian film that blitzed overseas box offices. It caused a near riot at the Cannes Film Festival. It won an Academy Award®. It's fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable. It's a road movie with attitude and the occasional frock. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras de Priscilla, reina del desierto  »

Box Office


£823,293 (UK) (11 November 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the video store is a poster for Frauds (1993), also directed by Stephan Elliott and also starring Hugo Weaving. See more »


When Mitzi and Felicia wake up the morning after they left Bernadette and Bob to get drunk, if you look at the shot out of the bus window of Bob and Bernadette, Bernadette's face is next to the cake. Once Mitzi and Felicia are out of the bus, Bernadette's face is on top of the cake. See more »


Mitzi: [about Trumpet] , You know, I never heard him play.
Bernadette: Play? He didn't *play*, dear. Trumpet didn't have a single musical bone in his body. No, Trumpet had an unusually large foreskin. So large, in fact, that he could wrap the entire thing around a Monte Carlo biscuit.
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Crazy Credits

Smashing Drag Queen Entrance...Russell Fewtrell See more »


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I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren
Performed by Gloria Gaynor
Published by PolyGram International Publishing Inc. and Perren-Vibes Music Inc.
Courtesy Polydor International
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User Reviews

A Movie You Can Watch Over and Over
17 December 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie! Not only are the actors wonderful but the dialogue keeps you watching the movie over and over again because you missed a great line the last time! The musical numbers are worth watching alone, but combined with the story and all the sub-plots and the funniest lines I have heard in a long time (The ABBA turd convo cracks me up every time), this is a movie to buy and watch over and over when you need to be entertained as well as dazzled!!!!!!!

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