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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Logowoman (as Rebel Russell)
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Bartender
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Murray Davies ...
Miner
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Young Adam
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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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Comedy | Music

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

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10 August 1994 (USA)  »

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$11,220,670
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Stephan Elliott: Uncredited, the movie's writer and director as a doorman. See more »

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Tick is practicing their dance routines and he is wearing a green dress and he's got a cigarette in his hand. In one shot the cigarette is there and in the next, which is far away, it's not there. See more »

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Bernadette: [to Felicia] At least the bump on your head is bigger than your prick!
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Best Naughty Boy...Matt Inglis See more »

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Referenced in The Nanny: From Flushing with Love (1997) See more »

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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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23 July 2003 | by 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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