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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Terence Stamp
Hugo Weaving
Guy Pearce.
Directors
Stephan Elliott.
Screenwriters
Stephan Elliott.
Running Time
104 minutes

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The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
A kitch delight featuring a trio of all-singing, all-dancing, fully-frocked men.


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Plot
In an effort to escape a life of unappreciation, Mitzi/Tick enlists two other fellow escapees/showgirls to form a travelling show that offers to wow the unsuspecting Aussie Outback inhabitants.


Review
Priscilla is not the heroine of a Rider Haggard adventure but the pink bus in which a trio of female impersonators from Sydney make their eventful, fraught and heavily rouged way across Oz's red desert to a cabaret engagement in Alice Springs. And a wild ride it proves to be, in this tuneful, camp odyssey notable for its performances - including a sensational one from Terence Stamp as transsexual Bernadette-formerly Ralph - and delirious design excess.

Mitzi/Tick (Weaving, both touching and ugly as sin) is an unappreciated artist nursing a secret and in need of a change of scene. He/she organises the remote booking and enlists Felicia/Adam (Pearce binning his Neighbours hearthrob image as the petulant, reckless one) and old friend Bernadette, recently widowed and depressed, to make up the miming "showgirl" act. And so they set off with hearts full of hope to outrage, bewilder, seduce or provoke a variety of outback provincials and aborigines in a string of fantastically frocked mini-dramas.

Writer-director Stephan Elliott's film is not always as funny as it thinks it is, and the mix of musical road comedy with more low-key insights into the cross-dressing life doesn't entirely come off either. Stamp, though, is especially successful, twisting from wistful to hideous to charming, ever sardonic and always ladylike. Those who find men in feathers inherently divine will have a high old time here, and there are enough hilarious cinematic moments for the gob-smacked rest.


Verdict
Those who find men in feathers inherently divine will have a high old time here, and there are enough hilarious cinematic moments for the gob-smacked rest.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (AUS, 1994) Yes I'm thinking the exact same thing as you, how in dingo doo doo did they get Terence Stamp to do this?!. Two drag queens and a transsexual embark on a road trip across the Aussie outback to Alice Springs in order to put on a show. Little do they know that the hotel they are headed for is managed by a woman still married to one of the trio. Well the drag queen still married to the woman knows, he just hasn't told his friends yet. ... More

Posted by Phubbs at 04:43, 15 March 2013 | Report This Post


Fantastic! I'm definately going to go see it when it's on as part of the Classics on July 13th (despite owning the DVD) ... More

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Posted by crazymoviesdude at 19:58, 19 June 2009 | Report This Post


amazing!!! ... More

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brillaint! ... More

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Posted by hairspray15 at 20:55, 24 March 2009 | Report This Post


I've been to Georgia!!

Plus i have just been to see it in the west end and it is fuckin amazing definatley go and see it!! takes all the ebst bits from the film and then more!!! ... More

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Posted by hairspray15 at 20:54, 24 March 2009 | Report This Post


Aren't We Fabulous!!!

This fim is amaing!! It is my favourite film of al time!! It is hilarious, touching and ultimaltey uplifting!! I fu arent singing along and wanting a sequined dress by the end then you're dead inside!!!! ... More

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Posted by hairspray15 at 20:51, 24 March 2009 | Report This Post


Great!

Very well made film. Funny & heartwarming. ... More

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