The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

“[to Felicia] Is it true when you were born the doctor turned around and slapped your mother?” – Tick

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A trio of transvestite singers travel across Australia in a Winnebago in order to reach a resort which has invited them to perform.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have avoided ever since it came out because I never had much of a desire to see what it was about.

I’m actually glad that I finally got around to seeing it because it surprised me that it wasn’t as superficial as I had expected it to be.

The film works largely due to the great trio of actors who portray the leads – Terrance Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving.

They each manage to play their characters in a very realistic way that helps make us believe that they could be real people.

Stamp is by far the best of the trio and shows his acting range since this kind of role is so far removed from the kin of roles one is used to seeing him play.

Both Weaving and Pearce were much lesser known when this film came out but their performances here helped propel both of them to greater fame.

This movie does a great job dealing with the various aspects of the kind of lifestyles that these characters much contend with in life and finds a way to develop the characters quite well over the course of the story.

This allows for us to care eve more for the characters and what will happen to them along the way since we can see them as much deeper and more realistic characters.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that is not as superficial as one might think. The cast is great and all three of the leads play their characters extremely well and realistically. Stamp is the best of the three since he is the most veteran of the actors and manages to pull off this kind of role which is so different than what he has played over the years. Weaving and Pearce were much lesser known at the time, but their performances in this film helped propel them to greater fame. The film does a great job dealing with the various aspects of the lifestyles of these characters due to the way they are all developed throughout the course of their journey.  This, in turn, allows us to see them as much deeper people who we can truly care about what will happen to them. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Due to a heavy filming schedule, lots of filming was done while the entire crew was on the road. But because the bus was such a small set, there was no room for the crew. As such in many scenes, they are actually in shot, hiding under clothes and other props. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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4 thoughts on “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

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  2. This wonderfully over the top Aussie road trip movie is in equal parts hilarious and touching and the performances of all three leads are excellent. Stamp brings a quiet elegance to Bernadette, while Weaving is strong yet vulnerable and Pearce shines in his first breakout role. Director, Stephan Elliot, makes great use of the natural beauty of the Outback juxtaposing it against Tick, Adam and Bernadette’s amazing costumes.


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