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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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Stephan Elliott

Writer:

Stephan Elliott
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Weaving ... Tick / Mitzi
Guy Pearce ... Adam / Felicia
Terence Stamp ... Bernadette
Rebel Penfold-Russell Rebel Penfold-Russell ... Logowoman (as Rebel Russell)
John Casey John Casey ... Bartender
June Marie Bennett June Marie Bennett ... Shirley
Murray Davies Murray Davies ... Miner
Frank Cornelius Frank Cornelius ... Piano Player
Bob Boyce Bob Boyce ... Petrol Station Attendant
Leighton Picken Leighton Picken ... Young Adam
Maria Kmet Maria Kmet ... Ma
Joseph Kmet Joseph Kmet ... Pa
Alan Dargin Alan Dargin ... Aboriginal Man
Bill Hunter ... Robert 'Bob' Spart
Julia Cortez Julia Cortez ... Cynthia Campos
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

According to director Stephan Elliott, He got the idea for the film while seeing a plume of feathers break from a drag queen's head-dress during Sydney's Mardi Gras parade and go tumbling down a deserted street like a tumbleweed from Sergio Leone Western. See more »

Goofs

After the bus breaks down for the first time in the Australian outback, and Tick (Hugo Weaving) has just given up on trying to fix it, he sits down to eat breakfast with Bernadette (Terence Stamp). In the exchange, a cameraman and some crew members are visible in the reflection of Bernadette's sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Tick: [to Bob] Well, are we bunny-hopping all the way to Alice?
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Crazy Credits

Best Naughty Boy...Matt Inglis See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was "Shown in Dragarama" at select theatres at the time of release. This involved some theatres using a mirror-ball and colored lighting during the "Finally" dance number. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
(uncredited)
Written by Mack David
Performed by Guy Pearce
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A Weaving Pearce Stamp For Collectors
3 February 2005 | by marcosaguadoSee all my reviews

What unlikely trio to fall in love with, just as unlikely as the landscape. When a movie fits so well without a tag that links it to anything else in its historic film context, it can only be described as a happy accident. Premeditated for sure, but accident nonetheless. Terence Stamp, is an actor with a spectacular career. Varied and surprising. It defies description, but let me try. Peter Ustinov's "Billy Budd" William Wyler's "The Collector" Federico Fellini's "Spirit of the Dead" John Schlesinger's "Far From The Madding Crowd" Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Teorema" Joseph Losey's "Modesty Blaise" Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" Stephen Frear's "The Hit" Richard Donner's "Superman" "Steven Sodebergh's "The Limey" Am I making my point? He is an actor for all seasons, beautiful beyond belief to boot. In "The Adventures of Pricilla Queen of The Desert" he unveils another unexpected side to his considerable talents. A Woman. And what a woman, a Meryl Streep with a past and, thanks to director Stephan Elliot, with a future. Dressed by geniuses. More human than ever. He is flanked by two spectacular Aussies. Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) giving a performance of such tenderness that even my brother in law, a homophobic macho man of the first order,loved him. And Guy Pearce (L A Confidential) He is such a beautiful,sexy, funny girl that made me long for a her/he all to myself. Some other monstrously cloned movies were rushed into production trying to capitalize on the success of Pricilla. They all failed miserably and rightly so. Frank Capra, accepting his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award sent a profound and heartfelt advise to young filmmakers. "Don't follow trends, start new ones" Well done Mr Elliot. Well done.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Filipino

Release Date:

10 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Priscilla See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$219,433, 14 August 1994

Gross USA:

$11,220,670

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,224,491
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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