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

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
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Shirley
Murray Davies ...
Miner
Frank Cornelius ...
Piano Player
Bob Boyce ...
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Young Adam
Maria Kmet ...
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Joseph Kmet ...
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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

David Bowie, John Cleese, Tim Curry, Tony Curtis and John Hurt were all considered to play Bernadette. See more »

Goofs

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

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

A scene after the credits finish shows an Asian garden where a blow up doll (released earlier in the movie in Australia) lands on a man, who looks quite puzzled. See more »

Connections

References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

E strano! Ah fors e lui
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Guiseppe Verdi)
Performed by Joan Carden and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy ABC Classics
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23 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two drag queens (Guy Pearce as bitchy Felicia, and Hugo Weaving as Mitzi) and a transsexual (Terence Stamp, marvellous as the widowed Bernadette) make a trip to Alice Springs in a pink bus called Priscilla.

Cue a soundtrack of mostly Abba songs (plus an off-the-cuff 'I Will Survive', and C E Peniston's 'Finally' - a great set-piece) and three towering performances. From the initial hilarious premise we follow the trio through the Australian desert and meet the various inhabitants of places they pass through. It remains fast-paced and touching within the comedy. Wonderful.


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