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The Adventures Of Priscilla - Queen Of The Desert [VHS]

Hugo Weaving , Guy Pearce , Stephan Elliott    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell, John Casey
  • Directors: Stephan Elliott
  • Writers: Stephan Elliott
  • Producers: Rebel Penfold-Russell, Al Clark, Grant Lee, Michael Hamlyn, Stuart Quin
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 27 Dec 1999
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D2WD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Terence Stamp as a drag queen--an Aussie drag queen? Darling, you'd better believe it. In Stephan Elliott's delirious exercise in ultra-camp meets outback macho, Stamp plays an ageing trans-sexual who, with two of his equally high-glossed pals, heads off for a cabaret engagement in Alice Springs. Priscilla is their chosen vehicle, a school bus painted an outrageous purple. The culture-clash comedy that ensues is none too unpredictable: the local Ockers, initially contemptuous, soon find the spangled and bewigged trio can out-talk, out-drink and if necessary, out-punch them; everything ends in a warm glow of mutual tolerance and appreciation. Elliott maybe hits the feelgood button a little too hard, but it's impossible not to be swept along by the sheer brash energy of the film. The bitchy dialogue snaps and crackles, the costumes and Fellini-esque dance numbers are to die for, and Stamp and Co.--enjoying themselves no end--play the whole thing to the hilt and some way beyond it. --Philip Kemp

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Bernadette (Terence Stamp) is a middle-aged transsexual mourning the recent death of her lover. She embarks on a cabaret tour with two transvestite friends, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Felicia (Guy Pearce) and together they set out for a professional engagement in Alice Springs in a gaudily painted bus they christen Priscilla. Along the way they encounter various macho characters - one of whom, Bob (Bill Hunter), begins to form a romantic attachment to Bernadette.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 10 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Probably the best film ever to come out of Australia!
Further to the previous review, this film is a road movie meets feel good movie with comedy and issues thrown in. The casting is inspired, (when I saw that Guy Pierce of Neighbours was in it as a drag queen......well!), but he steals the show as the bitchy Felicia. Terence Stamp as the transexual Bernadette and Hugo Weaving, (Agent Smith - Matrix & Elrond - Lord of the Rings), are also both excellent!
You don't have to be "that way inclined" to enjoy this movie. I'm as straight as they come and I enjoyed every minute. If you're feeling down - watch this film, it'll pick you up in no time.
Don't delay, buy today!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp as a row of tents 1 Mar 2006
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful film that will make you laugh out loud but still bring a lump to your throat. Three drag queens set out from Sydney in a bus called Priscilla to do a show in the outback - but this is much more than your average road movie. The performances are first rate, the bitchiness is unsurpassed and the cinematography is absolutely superb - it's as if the vibrant colours of the Australian outback were custom made as a backdrop for the garish costumes and make-up of our heroes. And for any Lord of the Rings fans it is worth watching this movie simply to see Hugo Weaving (Elrond) singing 'Never Been to Me'. Glorious stuff.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is that really agent smith?!? 11 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Wow. Utterley superb! Watching the Hugo Weaving in a dress when I had become accustomed to seeing him in a black suit and sunglasses was an amusing contrast. Not that his character didn't have it's serious moments. He's a great agent, but he's also a great drag queen! He deserves a special pat on the back for his efforts in this film. Brilliant stuff!
This is the story is 3 Aussie drag queens heading to Alice Springs for a show. Their transport? A school bus named Priscilla. The music? Abba, "I will survive!", and other sing-a-longs. Things don't quite go to plan, however, and mishaps inevitably happen.
On the surface, this is a genuinly amusing comedy. "Just shut up and eat your hormones!" but it also deals with a sensitive topic,-acceptance of something different. The viewer will find pity for each "girl" due to the way they are sometimes treated and what they have to put up with. They give as good as they get, though, and that's what keeps us laughing.
The actors really appear to enjoy their parts (and look rather comfortable in stilletos!) Watching Bernadette and Felicia arguing while Mitzi dances around in the background kept me lauging for a while. It's great to see well established actors who can take on an entirely different roll and flourish in it. It may have been made nearly 10 years ago, but Priscilla's humour is still up to date and classic. An excellent, sensitive and moving film. A favourite on my DVD shelf.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
By Amelrode TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I saw this wonderful movie years ago and yesterday I got a s gift the DVD. I loved it then and I loved it now.
The plot is fairly easy: Two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert and travel from Sydney to Alice Spring. On their journey they collide with small town citizens, aborigines and tourists.
Is this just one of these a typical gay movies? Gays in drag and a lot of hilarious scenes? Yes and NO at the same time.
Yes because you have all these stereotypes and typical hilarious scene. First one thinks that is properly all. But as the bus tour gets under way and the 3 guys travel through the desert one gets to learn more and more about them, learns about the past, their experiences as gays and drag queens, their hopes, their traumas. Steps by step one learns that under all the make-up, mascarra and fake coolness that are presented to the out-side world one finds nice and decent guys.
Maybe all this is portrait in such a great way because the three principal actors are straight, but are able to create sympathetic gays with characters
Hugo Weaving (better known for his part as Agent Smith in the "Matrix" movies and "The Lord of the Rings") plays the most "straight" part, Tick, who has a ex-wife and a little son. A father in drag? His fear how the son would react to it. Great acting when he had to confront his fears, his son and ..... no watch it how it is solved.
Guy Pearce as Adam is the most "gay" in the sense of being the most outrageous. He portraits the most of the well known clichès. But he is able to bring enormous depth and insight into his part.
My favorite is nevertheless Terence Stamp (yes, I do mean HIM!) as the transsexual Bernadette.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two drag queens and a transsexual.... 21 Feb 2000
By Harry
Format:VHS Tape
Two drag queens and a transsexual set out in a bus named Prescilla, to cross Australia in the name of entertainment. On the way they paint the bus lavender, meet some very interesting characters who greet them with hilarity, hostility and/or comprehension, Priscilla breaks down, and they dress up in some outrageous frocks (including one made out of hundreds of pairs of flip-flops). Visually it is a treat, with the deliciously feathered and sequinned girls looking all the more outrageously over-the-top against the backdrop of the breath-taking Australian outback landscapes.
All this combined with an excellent soundtrack featuring some top disco tunes from ABBA, The Village People, Charlene, Gloria Gaynor and Ce Ce Peniston, and some excellent acting from Terence Stamp, ina ground-breaking role as Bernadette, the transexual, and Guy Pearce (better known as Mike from Neighbours) as a bronzed muscular drag queen makes for an extremely colourful film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars its so much better than the movie
This is a classic film. Every gay has to see this move, everyone full stop needs to see it. Buy tickets to the musical though, its so much better than the movie :D I love drag... Read more
Published 5 days ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time fav films .
Published 8 days ago by JACQUELINE SIDLOW
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely costumes
Not too much of a story but enjoyed the film as the costumes were excellent. Just a fun film
Published 12 days ago by glenb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Two Thumbs up =)
Published 12 days ago by Emelie Nyberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A fantastic DVD, really great fun with a great soundtrack and colourful costumes, I really enjoyed it and suggest you give it a go
Published 25 days ago by Westendboy
5.0 out of 5 stars priscilla queen of the desert
Love the film love the book while the film follows the book you notice little differences but a great book funny and a great read gets full marks from me
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Rosemary H. Al-jadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Brilliant, funny, at times moving film. Such cool one-liners: 'when you were born, the doctor turned round and slapped your mum!'
Published 1 month ago by Andy Graham, Truro
5.0 out of 5 stars A cock in a frock on a rock
One of my favourite films of all time. An amazing cast (is there anything Hugo Weaving cannot do?!), beautiful cinematography, hilarious writing (Terence Stamp in particular seems... Read more
Published 1 month ago by V
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent seller
Quick delivery, bargain price.

This film is very entertaining well worth a watch. All the cast play their roles very well.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. R. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie Campness told to music
If you love your 70s music and Sydney gay scene this is a classic!
Three straight actors convince you that they are anything but!
Fab 70s music and outrageous clothes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K Bolt
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