The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Released 1994


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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the 1994 cult musical dramedy from writer-director Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue, Eye of the Beholder, Frauds). The film is a journey through the beautiful outback of Australia with three guys who are searching for an answer. They are three drag queens, the best in Sydney, who want to spend the next four weeks traveling to a casino to perform their performance of a life time. There is Adam Whitely, also known as Felicia Jollygoodfellow (Guy Pearce) who is the classic drag queen: constantly looking for a good time, very comfortable in his lifestyle, and always looking for a chance to be in the spotlight. There is also Anthony 'Tick' Belrose (Hugo Weaving), also known as Mitzi Del Bra, who is the secretive drag queen. We learn that he is married, has a child, and that he is afraid of his profession. Quite possibly the best performer in the group, he provides a sense of leadership to the group. Finally, there is the elder of the group, the experienced drag queen, Ralph, also known as Bernadette Bassenger. He is almost like the Yoda of the group. After buying a bus it to travel through the outback, they christen it 'Priscilla.' After a few road bumps such as stops in other locations, a Chinese ping-pong lady, a group of violent mates, and even love. As they make it to the casino, our group hits their final snag as they struggle for acceptance in an unchanged world.moreless


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  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert presents a defiant culture clash in generous, warmly entertaining ways.

  • 80

    Variety David Stratton

    A cheerfully vulgar and bitchy, but essentially warmhearted, road movie with a difference, which boasts an amazing star turn by Terence Stamp as a transsexual, Stephan Elliott's se...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is done well, yet one is still surprised to find it done at all.

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    Hugo Weaving

    Hugo Weaving

    Anthony 'Tick' Belrose / Mitzi Del Bra

    Bill Hunter

    Bill Hunter

    Robert 'Bob' Spart

    Terence Stamp

    Terence Stamp

    Ralph Waite / Bernadette Bassenger

    Guy Pearce

    Guy Pearce

    Adam Whitely / Felicia Jollygoodfellow

    Margaret Pomeranz

    Margaret Pomeranz


    Alan Dargin

    Alan Dargin

    Aboriginal Man

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