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Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
     

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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Director: Stephan Elliott

Cast: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce

 

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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

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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.

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A campy ode to alternative lifestyles and the music of ABBA, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is nonetheless rarely played for straight laughs, respecting the dignity of its subjects too much to mock them. Instead, it's a rich study of how smiles and wit can conceal, or fail to conceal, private pain. Like the American movie it obviously inspired, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), Priscilla dresses up in drag a bunch of actors who (in retrospect, if not at the time) are more familiar to audiences in macho contexts: British heavy Terence Stamp and Aussies Guy Pearce (a hard-boiled cop in L.A. Confidential) and Hugo Weaving (the villainous agent in The Matrix). The trio has a rollicking good time across the outback, in spite of the vitriol they must often deflect, giving a sadly realistic glimpse of the defensive shield those at society's fringes must assimilate as a given part of their daily lives. Stamp in particular stands out, eloquently weathered for what seems to be his last hurrah. Director Stephan Elliott astutely captures the strange clashing of the big city (the flamboyant road trippers) and the back water (their hosts and hecklers). Beyond being a fond favorite among gay audiences, the film's sensitive character portrayal has earned it a wider appreciation that exceeds cult status.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
UPC:
0883904242338
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
9,931

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terence Stamp Bernadette
Hugo Weaving Tick/Mitzi
Guy Pearce Adam/Felicia
Bill Hunter Bob
Sarah Chadwick Marion
Mark Holmes Benji
Julia Cortez Cynthia
Ken Radley Frank
Alan Dargin Aboriginal Man
June Marie Bennett Shirley
Rebel Russell Logowoman
Al Clark Priest
Margaret Pomeranz Adam's Mum

Technical Credits
Stephan Elliott Director,Screenwriter
Sue Blainey Editor
Brian J. Breheny Cinematographer
Tim Chappel Costumes/Costume Designer
Al Clark Producer
Stuart Freeman Asst. Director
Lizzy Gardiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Gibson Art Director
Guy Gross Score Composer
Michael Hamlyn Producer
Cassie Hanlon Makeup
Phil Judd Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Paterson Production Designer
Rebel Penfold-Russell Executive Producer
Rebel Russell Executive Producer
Sue Seeary Associate Producer,Production Manager
Guntis Sics Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Simper Stunts
Mark White Choreography

Scene Index

Audio commentary by director Stephan Elliott; Birth of a Queen featurette ; Deleted scenes ; Tidbits from the set ; The Bus From Blooperville outtakes ; Original theatrical trailer

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE AND IT CLEARLY SHOWS THE GAY LIFE AS A DRAG QUEEN IN THE LIME LIGHT. I ONLY WISH THAT I HAD THE CHANCE TO ADVENTURE THE WAY SHE AND HER SISTERS DID. THANK YOU FOR THE EYES BEYOND THE CURTAIN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the grates COMEDY's ever. Please wach more than once, The second time makes laugh till you cry...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a fun movie. The characters are larger than life. Gives a lesson on intolerance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The guy in the movie with the funny cart and the flashing blue light is actually a woman who is attempting to walk all of Australia in so many days. Do you remember when our fabulous 3 and their bus are getting ready to leave, and everyone is seeing them off by waving goodbye and chasing after the bus? Well right before that scene it shows a woman with the cart in front of an audience and there is a guy up in front of the audience making a speech about her and what she is about to attempt to do. Watch the movie closely and you'll see it. Anyway, I'm pretty sure that's what that cart thing is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Priscilla, is one of the best gay movies of all time. It takes the lives of ''ordinary'' people, and tells it in a way that not only is humourous and at times serious, but also educational. It keeps you watching, and you then find yourself watching it again. It is a must see for the open-minded person in us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is both touching and brilliant. i find intolerance of others as heinous and pointless. i hope that somewhere, someone who sees this film can recognize in themselves their prejudices and can learn from them. gays are people, too. they laugh, love, and hurt just like the rest of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been searching high and low (obviously in all the wrong places) for this movie since I first saw it years ago! It's just as funny, and poingant, as it was then. A definite must see for the open minded...and maybe even the not-so-open-minded! But, can somebody PLEASE explain to me what's up the guy and the funny cart with the flashing blue light????
Katla More than 1 year ago
What an amazing party.... Driving through Australia in a pink bus listening to 70´s & 80´s disco (mainly) ... But... there is more to this movie. Broken dreams. Lack of tolerance. The fight for being who you are. All wrapped in stunning colours and views of the Australian nature. A pity that To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything... was even made. A bad bad copy of Priscilla.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved Priscilla ever since I was very young and recommend it for anyone who wants a genuine laugh and cry. Its not just about humour but also has an underlying current of sadness, making subtle statements about homophobia. The music is great, the costumes are fabulous and although all three actors are absolutely fantastic, I LOVE Hugo Weaving as Mitzi!
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