Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Directed By Stephan Elliott

RComedyDramaMusic / United Artists / Aug 10, 1994

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A surprise hit in America, this 1994 Australian comedy is anchored by Terence Stamp as a transsexual who, in the company of two drag queens, travels to a remote desert location to put on a lip- synch performance--to the amazement of the locals. Getting there on a pink bus named Priscilla, the trio stop and play for people all over the Outback, getting the same homophobic, bewildered responses. The weak link in the film is dialogue that seems to have been pulled from "Queer Movie Banter for Dummies," all bitchy and cliché-ridden but fortunately salvaged by strong acting. The most fun comes whenever the three are performing; fans of Abba will be particularly pleased. The DVD release has optional full-screen and widescreen presentations, cast and crew bios, optional French and Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh

The cast includes Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Bill Hunter.

Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert won 1 Oscar at the
1995 Academy Awards