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

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 10, 1994
DVD Release Date: November 24, 1997
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While its premise is ripe for comedy -- and it certainly delivers its fair share of laughs -- Priscilla is also a surprisingly tender and thoughtful road movie with some outstanding performances.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

In this roaringly comic and powerfully affecting road movie, Terence Stamp gives one of the year's best performances.

Lucy Mohl

The year's one clear candidate for future cult status.

Emanuel Levy

The best things in this transsexual comedy-melodrama are Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel's colorful costumes, which deservedly won the Oscar, and Terrence Stamp's performance, snubbed by the Academy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's too bad that the requirements of plotting require movies like this to crank up the event count, when actually what works is just the daily minutiae of Bernadette's life.

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Keeva Stratton
Rescu (Australia)

Fabulous and emotive.

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Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Funny, extravangantly silly, and surprisingly poignant.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Bernadette -- formerly Ralph -- turns out to be an excellent role for Stamp.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Where else are you going to see General Zod, Agent Smith and the guy from Memento as drag queens stranded in the Australian Outback?

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Both an unalloyed delight and a surprisingly human, moving film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A modern classic road movie that finds a special balance between flamboyant comedy and poignant drama, and what makes it such an endless pleasure to watch is… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] I cannot recall ever seeing a film that's even nearly as charming, or… More
Alice Shen
A bit Lord o' the Ringsy around the middle with all the traveling, but on the whole, a warm story about a lavender bus full o' drag queens and their… More
Film Crazy
I actually thoroughly enjoyed this movie, although i was watching it with my boyfriend at the time and he actually recommended it which may be a bit odd!… More
Phil Hubbs
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… More
Daniel Mumby
The history of cinema is like that of a two-headed beast running simultaneously in opposite directions. One head aims for the gutter and embraces the trashy… More