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

 -  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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Ralph Waite / Bernadette Bassenger
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Cynthia Campos
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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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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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£823,293 (UK) (11 November 1994)
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Hugo Weaving's character was based on Sydney drag-queen Cindy Pastel, who like the character has a son and female companion. See more »

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When they are in the bar in Broken Hill, Old Shirl comes over and slaps her right hand down on Bernadette's. Then, in the next camera shot, it's her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Felicia: [to Tick and Bernadette] The only life I saw for the last million miles were the hypnotized bunnies. Most of them are now wedged in the tires.
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Billy Don't Be A Hero
Written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander
Performed by Paper Lace
Published by Dick James Music Ltd
Courtesy Castle Communications (Australasia) Ltd
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Toward the Acceptance of Diversity
15 January 2005 | by (Bronx, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a film that every straight person should see. The screenwriter created three drags queens from the cloth of everyday life — an older person (who happens to be transgendered), an average guy next door and a pretty muscle boy. You can say that this film is about "the great reach of little lives" (a comment originally applied by Donald Spoto to Tennesee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie.") We also see, in Anthony Bellerose's story, that sexuality is not a cut-and-dried affair. Underneath it all, we see that these people aren't much different from those we meet ion our daily lives. A screening of "Priscilla" would do more good than a hundred lectures to high school kids on the acceptance of diversity.


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