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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Poster
Released Runtime Category
1994 104 Comedy
Director Language
Stephan Elliott English
Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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What's it About

Invited to perform at a casino in the Australian outback, aging transsexual Bernadette (Stamp) — still grieving for a recently deceased lover — reluctantly hops aboard a lavender school bus (dubbed "Priscilla") with drag artists Mitzi (Weaving) and Adam/Felicia (Pearce). As they make the long trip to tiny, remote Alice Springs, the unusual, cross-dressing trio encounters a variety of bizarre characters, as well as open hostility.

Why we love it

This campy, madcap road trip through the Aussie frontier was a huge hit in the U.S., loved for its cheeky humor and hilariously absurd scenarios — many of them involving awestruck locals encountering the gaudily clad men. In a remarkable change of pace, the normally hard-nosed Stamp delivers an aching, funny performance as a weathered transsexual who has begun to question his life's path. Weaving (Agent Smith from "The Matrix") and Pearce (of "Memento" fame) are equally watchable as flamboyant drag queens with a gift for lip-synching show tunes. For a quirky, comic drama about lovable fringe types, hop aboard "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

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