The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Movie Review 1994

Information and Film Reviews for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Movie

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Quirky down-under musical-comedy follows two drag queens and a transsexual across the Australian Outback on their way to a gig in a small resort town. They make the drive in a pink bus nicknamed Priscilla. Along the way they encounter, and perform for, the usual unusual assortment of local characters. Scenes depicting homophobic natives play out as expected. Finest moments occur on the bus or onstage (all hail ABBA). Strong performances, especially by usually macho Stamp as the widowed Bernadette, rise above the cliches in what is basically a bitchy, cross-dressing road movie, celebrating drag as art and the nonconformity of its heroes. Costumes (by Lizzy Gardner and Tim Chappel) are a lark, the photography's surreal, and the soundtrack fittingly campy.

Distribution

USA Home Entertainment, 1 W. Forest, Englewood, NJ 07631-4004, Phone: (201)871-1000, URL: http://www.polygram-us.com

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 102 minutes.
Originally from Australian.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Musical Comedy, Road Trip, Gender Bending, Down Under, Buses, Deserts
Screenplay
Stephan Elliott
Cast
Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter, Sarah Chadwick, Mark Holmes, Julia Cortez, Rebel Russell, June Marie Bennett, Alan Dargin, Al Clark, Margaret Pomeranz
Cinematography
Brian J. Breheny
Director
Stephan Elliott
Music
Guy Gross
Other
Sue Blainey, Colin Gibson
Producer
Michael Hamlyn, Al Clark, Rebel Penfold-Russell, Polygram, Australian Film Finance Corp., Latent Image/Specific Films, Gramercy Pictures

Awards

Oscars 1994: Costume Des.; Australian Film Inst. 1994: Costume Des.

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