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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tick / Mitzi
Adam / Felicia
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 ...


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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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


$11,059,700 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to a heavy filming schedule, lots of filming was done while the entire crew was on the road. But because the bus was such a small set, there was no room for the crew. As such in many scenes, they are actually in shot, hiding under clothes and other props. 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 »


Felicia: Oh, you can't do that with a ping-pong ball!
Bernadette: Do you wanna bet?
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Crazy Credits

THIS SPACE AVAILABLE...Your Name Here See more »


Referenced in The Sopranos: Eloise (2002) See more »


Written by Rodney Jackson (as Rodney K Jackson), Ce Ce Peniston, Felipe Delgado and Elbert Lee Linnear (as E.L.Linnear)
Performed by Ce Ce Peniston
Published by Blue Zephyr Music, Ce Ce Pen Music, Main Lot Music, Leethal Musik, Urban Tracks Music and Wax Museum Music
Courtesy A&M Records Inc.
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This is comedy
9 April 2005 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie made laugh and does so every time I see it again. Perhaps it won't go down in history as a timeless classic is does deserve it so much. The original premise is a weird one, about transsexuals traveling through the desert of Australia. The sense of humor is very wicked and thank God for small favors not restrained to Hollywood standards. And I've never watched a game of table tennis without a smallish grin on my face which has little to do with the game in it self.

The actors are great an absolute anti choice in the matters of typecasting . The scenery of the movie is great, the bus in the desert are two extra players that give this movie an extra beaut. The extra castmembers are great and unforgettable. Ever since when I watch an episode of Flying Doctors or things in his sort I wonder about the nutty folks out there. the costumes are great and gobsmacking, they perform very well in the musical numbers.

I showed this to my mum, after the initial shock she was very amused and agreed with me that it was a very funny movie.

I will watch this movie a lot in the future, why?? It keeps me laughing every time.

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