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

Cast: Robert Simper, Robert Simper, Terence Stamp, more...
Director: Stephan Elliott, Stephan Elliott
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Gay & Lesbian, Features, Quest, Road Movies, Australia & New Zealand
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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The usually menacing British actor Terence Stamp does a complete turnaround as Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters of Australia with her stage partners, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearce). Their act, well-known in Sydney, involves wearing lots of makeup and gowns and lip-synching to records, but Bernadette is getting a bit tired of it all and is also haunted by the bizarre death of an old loved one. Nevertheless, when Mitzi and Felicia get an offer to perform in the remote town of Alice Springs at a casino, Bernadette decides to tag along. The threesome ventures into the outback with Priscilla, a lavender-colored school bus that doubles as dressing room and home on the road. Along the way, the act encounters any number of strange characters, as well as incidents of homophobia, while Bernadette becomes increasingly concerned about the path her life has taken. ~ Don Kaye, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

'...just what this country needs..." by bongeth February 11, 2004 - 11:32 PM PST
hugo weaving is one of the most imaginative and versatile actors of our times, etc. I always fall more in love with him when I see this flick. and guy pearce always makes me go yum... there should be more films with trannies as central characters. yay trannies! altho I've always regretted how the mail-order bride subject was treated here - a little one-sided and racist I guess - but being a film about aussies I suppose you've gotta keep a bit of that in there... I remember seeing this in junior high school, and developing an entirely new appreciation for puccini as a result ;-)

Drag, Desert and ABBA ! by TAubuchon February 27, 2002 - 12:22 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Priscilla is a excellent movie. It has great actors, Hugo Weaving before the Matrix! The dialogue is biting. The backdrop is breathtaking and the costumes are amazing. No matter how I feel before I watch this movie, I always am happier afterwards.

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