Two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert.
Release Year: 1994
Rating: 7.3/10 (20,783 voted)
Critic's Score: 68/100
Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transexual (Bernadette) 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.
Anthony 'Tick' Belrose
Mitzi Del Bra
(as Rebel Russell)
June Marie Bennett
Petrol Station Attendant
Robert 'Bob' Spart
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 (Registeration Symbol). It's fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable. It's a road movie with attitude and the occasional frock.
Release Date: 10 August 1994
Filming Locations: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Did You Know?
Julia Cortez (Bob's mail-order bride, Cynthia) provided her own cat suit costume complete with the strategically placed zipper for the scene in the bar after the Shake Your Groove Thing number.
When they are in the bar in Broken Hill, Old Shirl comes over and slaps her right hand down on Bernadette's. Then, in the next camera shot, it's her left hand.
[Tick is hit in back of head with beer can, falls]
Are you Okay?…
[Felicia grabs mic]
Oh that was fucking charming, you gutless pack of dickheads.
A Weaving Pearce Stamp For Collectors
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.