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      09.01.2010 23:51
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      Amazing feel-good film about three drag queens on a road trip!

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      Bernadette: Terence Stamp
      Mitzi: Hugo Weaving
      Felicia: Guy Pearce

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      The film is all about three drag queens who are travelling to Alice Springs in a tour bus to perform a show. They all want to get out of Sydney for all manner of reasons, so they team up and travel together. There are a lot of obstacles in their way, but their spirits never die!

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      This film for me was amazing. Although it doesn't have any special effects, it doesn't need any. It's a very bright and cheerful feel-good film which will have you smiling, laughing, and even getting a little bit emotional.

      The actors are great; they play their parts perfectly, especially since they have to become women, and real drag queens could never live up to this standard! They all look fabulous in their colourful outfits, and you start to look forward to seeing what they will wear next. They actually look good in their outfits; even better than what some real women can pull off! You can really see the emotion in their eyes; for instance, 'Mitzi' is a father, and has a real tough time imagining what his son will think of him when he realises that his dad likes to dress up as a woman, or the time when 'Felicia' gets chased by some men who take a dislike to what he is. It makes you think of a lot of issues in the world today, especially homophobia.

      The film is put together well too; the bright colours contrast against where they are, so it makes them stand out. One of my favourite scenes is where Felicia is lip-synching to an opera song on top of the bus in a giant stiletto, with his long scarf floating in the wind. As mentioned previously, you would think these actors are real drag queens, as they're so very good at acting as one. Their lip-synching abilities definitely go beyond a normal person's.

      Although this is set mostly in the desert, there is plenty of action. Nothing seems to go right for them, and you find yourself wishing that people would just accept them for who they really are. I myself thought that I wouldn't want to see a film like this, but when I watched it with my parents, I found it amazing. It really is a must-see, it's a really fun film.

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      11.10.2009 16:06
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      Comedy

      I have always been a fan of the road movie genre, there is something about a road movie that creates a desire to replicate such an event, maybe it is the whole freedom of the road bit or the sense of adventure that you feel when you do not know what is around the next corner, whatever it is I do know that The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert has a unique take on the whole road movie thing and is an excellent movie and very enjoyable.

      The plot is all about three drag queens who are travelling from Sydney to Alice Springs which is the remote township pretty much in the middle of Australia. Terence Stamp stars as Bernadette while his travel companions are Hugo Weaving as Mitzi and Guy Pearce as Felicia. Priscilla is the name that they give to the bus they are travelling in which they have camped up.

      This is a film that as some wonderfully hilarious moments but it also has a slightly darker side as you can see that each individual carries their own baggage and I do not mean the cases full of their exotic caberet clothes. In a macho country like Australia they encounter a lot of hostility and resentment but there are also the heart warming scenes where their prescence brings about change and acceptance.

      All three actors turn in some quality performances and they are totally convincing in their roles. Of course there is a lot of bitching and the film has a nice combination of both verbal and visual humour that makes it really work well.

      It is definately a film I would recommend as it is a riotourbit of entertainment with a nice balance of comedy moments and more touching personal scenes to it.

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      09.10.2009 14:28
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      Worth watching once!

      I had heard a lot about The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert so I was quite interested to see what it was all about. I wasn't sure if a film about three drag queens would be quite my cup of tea but I was quite happy to give it a go. Having just watched it on DVD I feel a bit ambiguous about how I felt about it but I will try and explain why.

      The film was made quite a while ago back in 1994 and stars Terence Stamp (Bernadette), Hugo Weaving (Mitzi/ Tick) and Guy Pearce k(Felicia/ Adam). They are three drag queens who, each for different reasons, want to get out of Sydney, so they agree to join forces and travel to Alice Springs (which is a bit like the back of beyond) to perform a show. They travel in a clapped out old bus which they manage to do up in true drag queen style and name it Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

      Much of the film follows their journey through the desert. Differences soon become apparent and there is much bickering and snide comments. It seems that none of the three queens are without their problems and there is a quite poignant feel to the film even though it is described as hilarious. There are some funny moments but most of these are double edged and it really depends which way you look at it. For example, one instance is when the trio stop at a small town and Felicia is turned upon by a group of Macho men who do not like what she is. It is quite funny to see her being chased through the town but it soon takes a much darker viewpoint where it could all turn very nasty. Much of the film seems to demonstrate people's prejudices towards anyone who chooses to be different! I found a lot of this quite sad.

      Much of the film was very bright and flamboyant especially seeing the clothes that the three actors wore. This is one film where it must have been great to be the wardrobe mistress! Some of the moments were quite surreal though with one or the other of them standing on the top of the bus while it was moving with long silver scarves billowing in the wind.

      I did really like the performances of the three main actors. I remember Guy Pearce from watching Neighbours as a child. His character is probably the most outrageous and probably the least sympathetic. I thought that both Terence Stamp and Hugo Weaving were probably more three dimensional and both their characters seemed to struggle more with who and what they were.

      Knowing that the film is now showing as live theatre in the West End, I think I was expecting more singing. There is quite a bit but it does not have the feel of a real musical which to me was disappointing. Also, as far as I was concerned, the film lacked any real storyline. At times I felt it dragged a little and at the end I struggled to see whet the point of it all was. This is not saying that I didn't enjoy it at least a little bit though because from a visual and light hearted view it worked quite well. There were even some quite moving moments as well as some laugh out loud ones. However, on the whole I didn't really connect with the film which is why I probably won't bother watching it again. I think I am in the minority though as most people I know have raved about this film.

      By the way, my title is the tagline for the film.

      If you like DVD extras there are quite a few for you to watch with this DVD. These are:

      Birth of a Queen
      Deleted scenes
      Tidbits from the set
      The bus from Blooperville - I watched this and there are a number of quite funny outtakes
      Deleted scenes
      Theatrical trailer

      Overall, this film is worth watching once if only because it probably is something completely different from most films you might have seen. You might want to watch it again or like me you might not. I think it is probably a bit like marmite - you will either love it or hate it!

      The film is available on Amazon for £6.72. It has a 15 rating and a running time of one hour and thirty nine minutes.

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        05.10.2009 08:17
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        Trio of Performing drag queens face the Austraolian outback

        After reading a wonderful review about this film I just walked straight into my local Tesco ad bought the DVD, I knew exactly where it was as I had picked it up several times but was undecided over whether to watch it or not.

        The story is about 2 drag queens, Tick and Adam and their transsexual friend Bernadette. They get a gig in Alice Springs and so leave the comfort of their home town where they are accepted and liked and start on their journey through the Australia outback to reach this Hotel. The trio are using an old bus to do the journey but as it keeps breaking down they are not getting very far.

        Along the way the trio play in various bars and tavern but they are not very welcomed and get into a lot of scrapes. After a complete breakdown of the bus Bernadette sets off alone in the outback to get help and fortunately they are met by some locals who welcome them to their party. In time they meet a mechanic Bob who has a extraordinary wife and after she walks out on him and with the unreliability of the bus he agrees to go with them on the rest of their journey.

        There is a shock for Adam and Bernadette when they discover that the gig they are going to is for the Tick's wife. Neither knew that Adam was once married and this does lead to some funny stories and a lot of banter between the three.

        Will the performing trio make it to Alice Springs, what will happen to Bob and will Tick have any more surprises for the others along the way?

        I was expecting good things from this film after the wonderful review which I read on it and I have to say that it did not disappoint me in any way at all. The cast included, Terence Stamp who played transsexual Bernadette and he was quite a quiet characters and did give a few good laughs along the way, he seemed to be the odd one out of the three and there did not seem to be as much chemistry between him and the others.

        Hugo Weaving played the role of Tick and I have to say he was excellent. I did not feel that he was completely involved in his choice of profession and did still have doubts especially when details about his past came out but I found he worked extremely well with Guy Pearce who played the role of Adam. Now he for me was the highlight of the film. I found he was quite young when doing this role but for me he just suited the part completely. I even had to say to hubby how good he looked as a woman. I did enjoy seeing him in the skimp outfits as he had on hot body! He was very flamboyant throughout which may be off putting for some but for me it gave the majority of the humour to the film.

        There were a few supporting actors in the film and each gave a great performance and gave a little depth to the story line. I particularly enjoyed the addition of Bob and thought that Bill Hunter did the role well. I liked the friendship which formed between his and Bernadette's characters.

        The film was shot entirely on location and for me this gave some amazing shots of the Australian outback. Some of the scenes were completely breathtaking and I think this is what made the film so good, I mean how often do you see she drag artists in full gear out in the desert performing a medley of songs? Despite the laughs which we got from seeing them in such surreal settings the views were amazing and such a pleasure to see. I just one day hope I get to visit and see them for myself.

        The music in the film for me was excellent. I enjoyed all of the upbeat tracks which were played and thought they all fitted in extremely well to the places which they were used. A couple of the songs were predictable but still they were good. There were no real special effects in this film as it was all shot on location and I think this did help with making it look so good.

        The DVD which I have is the special edition and it does have bonus features which include:-

        Audio Commentary by Director Stephan Elliott
        'Birth of a Queen' Making of Documentary
        'Titbits from the Set'
        'The Bus from Blooper Ville' - Gag reel Documentary
        Deleted Scenes
        Theatrical Trailer
        Teaser Trailer

        As I am not a fan of bonus features I have not watched these so I am unable to make comment on them.

        The running time of this film is 1 hour and 39 minutes and I found this to be a great length as the film moved at a good pace throughout. The certificate is a 15 as it does contain strong language and I do agree with this rating. I managed to get this on DVD for just £2 in Tesco and felt this was a complete bargain.

        Overall do recommend this film as it is funny, moving at times and has a great storyline which shows some wonderful scenes over the Australian outback.

        I would just like to add what my hubby suggested for a title but I thought it may offend some but it is very witty for him! 'Cock on a Rock in a Frock!'

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          01.10.2009 12:56
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          A classic film, well worth a watch

          This is a film only review.

          Three drag queens from Sydney, Felicia, Mitzi and Bernadette, are invited to perform a caberet in Alice Springs. Felicia manages to get hold of a bus (nicknamed Priscilla) that will take them on their journey of several days, but unfortunately, it breaks down on a regular basis, and it isn't always easy to find someone who will help them fix it - one mechanic takes a look at Mitzi in a dress and runs a mile! However, they find help in the most surprising of places and with the most surprising of people and, most of the time, enjoy themselves. Mitzi is concerned though; he has already broken it to his friends that he has a wife, but there is another surprise in store for them. Will they manage to reach Alice Springs? And how will Mitzi cope with his secret personal life?

          Although this is an Australian film, which unfortunately don't always make it to the UK, Priscilla made quite a splash when it was released in the UK in 1994. This was partly because of the subject matter, which, for its time, was considered quite outrageous, and partly because it starred Guy Pearce, at that point fairly fresh from his role in the Australian soap, Neighbours, and Terence Stamp, better known for more serious roles. Although often billed as a comedy (and it certainly does have plenty of comic moments), it also has its sensitive side in Mitzi's story, and is backed up by bucketloads of wonderful music.

          If any of the three main characters can be called the main character, it has to be Mitzi, played by Hugo Weaving, simply because we delve more deeply into his past than the other characters. Mitzi is a gentle person who likes to avoid conflict if possible, but because of his profession, often comes across people who just won't let him live his own life. Weaving, an actor I'm not familiar with, although he was in The Matrix and Lord of the Rings, is fantastic in the role, immediately drawing sympathy. He is probably the least comic of the characters, but that doesn't matter because of the added depth to his personality. And it is just not possible not to admire someone who is prepared to dress up in the way that he does for a role.

          Terence Stamp is also fantastic as Bernadette. Bernie is the most feminine of the drag queens, choosing to make himself up as a woman even when not in drag, although it is always blatantly obvious that he is a man. He has just lost his partner and is still reeling from the death; even worse, he has to put up with Felicia, who is constantly tactless. Stamp plays the role with great class. His comic moments are perhaps the strongest, just because they are nearly always unexpected, and towards the end, he really comes into his own when his storyline takes quite a romantic turn and he handles it magnificently.

          In some ways, Guy Pearce, as Felicia, is perhaps the weak link of the film, partly because he is so overly camp and partly because his character has very little in the way of depth. However, I think he just about managed to stay on the right side of camp, and was all the funnier because he really did manage to look feminine at times, albeit complete with bulging muscles. Felicia is the youngest and most care-free of the drag queens and I think that Pearce manages to portray this well, although I would have appreciated a bit more of a background story. Still, the role did Pearce no harm - he has since gone on to much bigger and better things.

          There is little in the way of plot here; it is more a road trip that helps the characters, or at least two of the characters, come to terms with who they are and what they do. And there is always so much going on that it is hard to get bored regardless of the lack of plot. Having said that, although it is not a particularly long film at just over an hour and a half, it does feel longer, so perhaps a little more plot would have been an advantage. What I liked most of all though was the way that the characters developed during the course of the film, particularly Mitzi - this adds a hook to attract the viewer, because we are unsure of exactly how the story will develop until right at the end.

          Part of the comedy is the outrageous situations that the girls find themselves in, usually dressed in full drag queen costumes. There are, however, a couple of killer lines, almost always delivered by Terence Stamp, that really do make the film something special and memorable - I don't want to give them away here because that will take away from a newcomer's enjoyment of the film. And there is a superb section that involves an Asian girl and ping pong balls - you can probably guess the rest. There is a more serious side to the film though, and one that doesn't include the characters personal lives - it is the way that drag queens, homosexuals and anyone who doesn't conform is judged by society. There are a couple of occasions where the three queens get involved in fights simply because of the way that they look, which leaves a rather bad taste in the mouth.

          The film is suprisingly beautiful to watch. Much of the trip is out in the middle of the desert with nothing but rocks and sand as far as the eye can see. Director Stephan Elliott has made the most of this beauty with wide, panning shots across the panorama, interspersed with up close shots of insects and amphibians and wonderful shots of the drag queens in full costume, often up on top of the bus with lots of trailing materials. It all looks amazing and, apart from the drag queens, is very reminiscent of Nicholas Roeg's Walkabout. On top of all this is a fabulous sound track, usually played by the original artist and lip synched by the drag queens. The most memorable of songs include Mamma Mia by ABBA, I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, Go West by The Village People and I've Never Been to Me, by Charlene.

          I don't think anyone is going to accidentally watch this film - it is very clear from the cover and from the first two minutes of the film that it is about men who dress up and are largely homosexual - so I don't think anyone can really be offended. However, there is a 15 rating, so it is worth considering whether you want your children to watch it or not. I suspect most of the sexual comments and jokes will go over their heads, but that is something for parents to decide on, and there is a fair amount of swearing.

          I love this film and it is one that maintains its freshness despite the fact it is about 15 years old now, perhaps because the fashion is so way out anyway, that it doesn't age the film. And the performances are excellent by any stretch of the imagination. If you haven't already seen it, then I can highly recommend it - it really is worth a couple of hours of anyone's time.

          The DVD is available from play.com for £2.99.

          Classification: 15

          Running time: 99 minutes

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            Great songs, great costumes, a great laugh!

            One of the best films to come out of Australia, this camp and crazy adventure brings together 3 drag queens on a cross country trip to the middle of nowhere with high jinks along the way. The three main leads; Hugo Weaving, Terrence Stamp and Guy Pearce all play up to a stereo type well. Stand out performances come when each is meant to face their own difficulty in life. A stand out line coming from Terrence Stamp talking about the City 'keeping most of them out, or keeping us in'. It rings true but also adds some poignancy for three people out of their depth outside of their comfort zones trying to get to a place in a battered bus!

            The jokes, set pieces and costumes are what make this movie. Set on a bus, the comedy really does break up what could've been one of the most boring movies known to man. I absolutely love the songs they perform to as well with gay anthems being thrown out like they're going out of fashion. The choreography is pretty decent too. Best song coming from Guy Pearce posing on top of the bus on a sparkly stiletto singing opera in the desert.

            The ending is neatly done too with many of the plot strings wrapped up in song (how else?!)

            The only weakness I would have with this movie is that you have to be in a particular type of mood for it. It's a very silly movie; lighthearted, jovial and effervescent with colour. It's great if you want to switch off, not if you want heavy hitting drama.

            A chick flick with proper attitude! And that's how I want it to stay.

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              Brilliant Aussie movie, side splititng comedy and some brilliant quick wit !

              Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Best Costume Oscar Winning Movie - stars the amazing Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Bill Hunter. Another Abba music based movie has been well received for the amazing performances and also telling the story of 3 drag artists who are on the road for the trip of a lifetime.

              Stephan Elliott (writer of Eye Of the Beholder) wrote and directed this amazing story of 2 drag queens and a transsexual that start a road trip to a remote town in the Australian Desert on a bus named Priscilla. Hugo Weaving's character (Anthony) is invited to work in Alice Springs; he recruits the amazingly camp Guy Pearce (Adam) and dour Terence Stamp (Bernadette) to join the production. With secrets along the way, and a big one at the end. We join them on their road trip - not any road trip, it is lip synching and dancing all the way. They meet some amazing characters along the way - ping pong is played - sort of . They meet Bob (played by Bill Hunter) who is a warm hearted mechanic who helps them along the last leg of their trip to make sure they get to the show on time. This story although side splittingly funny has strong messages throughout. Families are not just your family, friends can make your family and my personal favourite - love knows no bounds

              The amazing costumes and quick witted lines that come out of their mouths are a force to be reckoned with. It has an excellent soundtrack and a must for anyone who loves quick wit.

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              One of the best films about drag queens, dramas full of titters and crass!

              Many years ago when this film was launched in the UK I was lucky enough to see it three times! I went along myself, got taken to it by a friend and then another friend asked me to go along another time. I remember distinctly a trailer shot of a certain Terence Stamp trying to flog his organic potato crisps, but this may have been at the start or end of the film. Whichever it was, I don't think it ever had any relevance to the film but it has remained a memory from going to the cinema to watch it!


              (The Adventures of) Priscilla Queen of the Desert takes some beating in terms of a film that has three predominantly heterosexual actors and turns them into the world of camp and drag queens. Originally made around 1994 the film has been released in 55 countries and on this DVD primarily, available in languages such as French, German and of course English. But the fact remains that really there has not been one other film which has been made along the lines of the lives of three essential gay men who leave the boundaries of the city and go off into the unknown wilderness (in this case the outback in Australia) to find solace, or in Mitch, Felicia and Bernadette's case, a trip to Alice Springs to put on a Drag Show. Yes there was "Too Wong Foo," but I'd rather forget that film given that it has an idea similarly copied in terms of three drag queens setting out for a different life to make a difference.


              Mitch (Hugo Weaving), Felicia (Guy Pearce) and Bernadette (Terence Stamp) three friends, all of which are involved in the "show" theatre routine try to get away from it all by embarking on what turns out to be a tour along the way of Australia and unbeknownst to Felicia and Bernadette the journey to meet Mitch's extended family; Bernadette is a transsexual and throughout the film, you get to see the way her character develops, from a dominating force to comforting mother whilst still unsure of her own future as a transsexual. Felicia is the baby of the group and not afraid to show it, from outrageous costumes, dresses that clearly don't fit and makeup which has been designed to look ostentatious, you can't get closer to a stage wannabe than Felicia; even drug taking is witnessed with disastrous effects. Mitch is the founding member, the owner of a gay bar called The Imperial Hotel, and decides to take the two men on tour with him to Alice Springs, but craftily covers up the story of a just a tour to climb mountains in drag.


              Along the way however there are ups and downs, from one liner bitchy remarks between Felicia and Bernadette, it is remarkable how the two pull together to cement a much needed friendship even though Bernadette is the stronger of the two. Mitch however seems to be at times flirting with Felicia and at times even I was confused with their friendship and closeness but there are many questions to this film than the obvious fact that three unattached gay men get a bus (thanks to Felicia) to the other side of Australia and of course it is a bumpy ride no thanks to the bus that keeps breaking down. There is more to this film than titters and crassness!


              There is however an abundance of music which happily and gaily ticks the film along, from 1930's hits to 1970's songs such as "Billy Don't Be A Hero," and "I Love The Nightlife," amongst ABBA songs courtesy of the ever loving dance queen, Felicia. Then there's quite an arrangement of an Aboriginal inspired "I Will Survive," too which rounds up the camp classics and may have you whopping on your sofa. However it is not long that the songs in the film begin to lose their edge if only present for the dance routines and the stage numbers, but for the feeling of why this film was created in the first instance that takes over.


              Stephan Elliot, the writer-director actually plays a character in the film, unbeknown to the credit list on the film itself whilst the second director, Al Clark plays a priest who is briefly shown to the viewer at the beginning of the film; certainly if you ignore the bonus section of this DVD you would be none the wiser. Other bonus sections include an alternative scene taken from the film that never made it, a section called "The Birth of a Queen," and other behind the scenes section that make up the special edition aspect of this DVD. The film was largely inspired by Elliot who has witnessed the British drag queens sync-liping to female artists such as Barbara Streisand and Shirley Bassey but as the interview with him is revealed, in the Extras section of the DVD, it was primarily the sight of a drunk drag queen walking down a road within the Mardi Gras festival which lit the desire to write a story of three drag queens and their tour through Australia.


              Thus you don't just get dance routines and bitchy remarks. There are scenes of homophobia at their worst, much of which one could say is not evident today but they could still be in the UK presently in smaller, rural areas. There are scenes of touching moments, where Bernadette becomes motherly, scenes of regret and scenes of happiness where, once the drama is over, the dust on the Outback has settled and everything is rosy once again. Internationally there are moments where gay men and women can feel connection, let alone drag queens and kings or transvestites.


              One of the thoughts which has always crossed my mind with this film however is the thought that gay men in general never leave a city unless they are pushed to, and the underlying message is that being gay is no longer a lifestyle dictated by the majority; this is evident from the very makings of the storyline, where the desire to escape the city becomes the most important excuse of running away from real life and pressures.


              One downside is the fact that there is an abundance of swearing in the film and if you are gentle or feel too swayed by swearing then Priscilla, isn't the film for you to view never mind witness.


              Another downside to the film which I personally don't like is the acres of scenic hills and valleys; just like the parrot in the 1980's Toshiba advert, or the washing machine made by Ariston seen in the adverts, the sight of acres of land just goes on, on, and on (the very title of my expression also made it as an Abba B-side song), made more obvious by the fact that the three men get lost in the Outback. My old VHS video (if it could talk) could stand to the testament of every time it featured a part of the Outback, it would be fast forwarded to the next scene where very little of the Outback is featured. Half of the time there is this need to see the next part of the film because in the middle you just get to see three men bitching in a bus on their way to the promised land surrounded by copious landscapes, dust, dramas, more dust, more road and all the while a weird sponsored-by-Philips running woman who seems to act as a city beacon light shining the way as she runs in tandem with the bus if not the journey. As tedious as it may seem I love watching the relationships between the three men and would have preferred more of it than watching something which the Australian Tourist Board could have leaked to Elliot as an early promo to the country itself. Yet the journey may well have glitter sparkled on incidents and occurrences as the three men stitch back their balls to become ladies, and for all that the film has some very funny moments, the sight of hills and landscapes may become too much for those that just want to see Guy Pearce in a dress!


              But, despite it all, the quality of acting is excellent as is the quality of thought behind the film; never before has Hugo Weaving been able to smile so much in a film whilst the acting talents of the sullen Terence Stamp is second to none; indeed one is left wondering if any three of these actors in real life have ever considered Drag as a second job; the quality to detail simply hasn't been missed out, from the usual make up to dresses, sequences and a mini plot to sell makeup and facial creams sitting on a side line by Mitch, there's always something camp and glorious going on. Other famous faces however are far and in between; Bill Hunter plays the mechanic Bill, whose Asian wife eventually runs off leaving Bill to attend an empty home and eventually follow on the Drag queens who breed like bunnies to play the rare gentleman following Bernadette's heart. Indeed if it wasn't for the fame of Australian soaps like Neighbours, Sons and Daughters and The Sullivans, Bill Hunter could end up to be just a nobody. That however doesn't make the film appealing; the general mix of some good songs, good acting, one liners designed to give you titters and plenty of crass will undoubtedly curl your hair all by itself. Now there are not many films that can do that in 1 hour and nearly 40 minutes, and all the while you can't but help to fall in love with the songs and the stories that unfold around them. Over the two versions available, there really isn't much of a difference between the normal DVD and the Special Edition that have the bonuses - either way you'll allow yourself to feel the campness. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008


              The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
              Classification: 15
              Online prices: £2-50 to £14-99, most high streets: £9-99 to £13-99
              Cat number: B000803PX6
              Region 2, launched by MGM Entertainment/Channel 4.

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                OH what a great movie! I first heard of it on the drew carry show where it was being compared to the rocky horror ppicture show. Also when I bought the RHPS it showed up on my recomendation page. being a huge fan of that I figured I should look into it. Wow I was amazed! the dance and music was great! catchy songs and a hillarius story. I cant stress how cool their lip syncs were. because there is already a review with a discription of the movie I dont really need to describe it....but in amazon.com's words: <BR><BR> A surprise hit in America, this 1994 Australian comedy is anchored by Terence Stamp as a transsexual who, in the company of two drag queens, travels to a remote desert location to put on a lip- synch performance--to the amazement of the locals. Getting there on a pink bus named Priscilla, the trio stop and play for people all over the Outback, getting the same homophobic, bewildered responses. The weak link in the film is dialogue that seems to have been pulled from "Queer Movie Banter for Dummies," all bitchy and cliché-ridden but fortunately salvaged by strong acting. The most fun comes whenever the three are performing; fans of Abba will be particularly pleased. The DVD release has optional full-screen and widescreen presentations, cast and crew bios, optional French and Spanish subtitles. <BR><BR> back to my words: it stars Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce It also has the songs (track#. title - artist): 1. I've Never Been to Me - Charlene 2. Go West - Village People 3. Billy, Don't Be a Hero - Paper Lace 4. My Baby Loves Lovin' - White Plains 5. I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) [Original Version] - Bridges, Alicia 6. Can't Help Lovin' That Man - Richards, Trudy 7. I Will Survive - Gaynor, Gloria 8. A Fine Romance - Horne, Lena 9. Shake Your Groove Thing [Original Mix] - Peaches & Herb 10. I Don't Care If the
                Sun Don't Shine - Page, Pattie 11. Finally [7" Choice Mix] - Peniston, Ce Ce 12. Take a Letter, Maria - Greaves, R.B 13. Mamma Mia - Abba 14. Save the Best for Last - Williams, Vanessa 15. I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) [Real Rapino 7" Mix] - Bridges, Alicia 16. Go West [Original 12" Mix] - Village People 17. I Will Survive [1993 Phil Kelsey Classic 12" Mix] - Gaynor, Gloria 18. Shake Your Groove Thing [Original 12" Mix] - Peaches & Herb 19. I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) [Phillip Damien Extended Vox] - Bridges, Alicia

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                  13.01.2002 04:11
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                  Great for all Abba fans, 3 trannies travelling from Sydney to Alice Springs on a converted bus with lots of Abba revival and humour, good storyline too. Great performances by Guy Pearce and gang, they make very good looking females and costumes are excellent . Also watch out for the scenery, anyone having been to Oz and travelled through thr outback will appreciate this and if you've been to Sydney and seen the gay culture there, you will understand this film. Great watch and good fun too, recommend buying for a pick me up fun film when in need of a good laugh.

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                    24.04.2001 04:48
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                    This movie was average. I did nothing for me. Everything was average. The actors were average. The acting was average. The story line was average. The jokes were average. The setting was average. The opening was average. The middle was average. The ending was average. I even bet that the sandwiches on the set that the cast and crew had for lunch were also average. I suppose that this movie will be watched by average people in their average cinemas. So see this movie if you want but be warned its nothing more than average.

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                      26.01.2001 01:04
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                      Priscilla Queen of the Desert is one of my all time favourite DVD's. It arrived through the post from the states. The case is a bright pink camp item, never mind the characters in the film. Terrence Stamp plays a fantastic role as Bernadette ( a transexual). A lot of people copared this film to Too Wong Foo, but I think Priscilla had more reality, especially the "gay bashing" scene and when the coach is daubeb with anti gay slogans. Being a gay man I found it easy to relate to most of the film. I am glad DVD does not wear like video because my copy would have died a death. I have watched this film more times than i care to imagine but still love it and would recommend it to anyone. Gay, straight,Transvestite......anyone! I cant understand why this opinion was blocked. So I thought Id try again!

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                        31.10.2000 00:18

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                        I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I expected to. The story of three drag queens (one of them a transsexual) travelling in a bus across the desert of Australia did not fill me with much excitement to begin with, but this was hilarious. Guy Pearce is great, as always, and I can honestly say that I never expected to see Terence Stamp like this. Definately watch this - I promise you'll enjoy it! Hugo Weaving is also excellent as Anthony - the drag queen with a hidden 'straight' past.

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                        24.09.2000 22:51

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                        Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is an absolutely brilliant film. Not only is it hilarious but it also manages to deal with the issues of transvestites and transexuality in a touching way. The film shows both people's reactions to transvestites, as well as the hurt and suffering that is felt by them as a result of these reactions. Patrick Swayze plays his part excellently, and each actor is very suited to his/her part. It has an excellent soundtrack, and is definately worth watching if you like films which make you laugh and cry.

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                        Exactly the sort of film Hollywood can't make - see the Swazye in drag fiasco. This intelligently made film from Australia stars Terence Stamp as an aging transexual, Guy Pearce (Neighbours) and Hugo Weaving as two Sydney drag queens. The basic plot - Weaving aka Mitzi has to arrange a four week cabaret booking for a club in Alice Springs. He recruits his friends, Bernadette, (Stamp) and Felicia (Pearce) to join him. They buy an old school bus (Priscilla), fill it full of gaudy frocks, towering head-dresses, a million and one backing tracks - and off they go. Their desert journey alternates between quiet discoveries - like the fact that the club is owned by Mitzi's ex-wife and he's going to meet and look after his son for the first time in years, while the ex-missus has a break - and major incidents and adventures - like the full performance by firelight for a group of aboriginals and the violent reaction provoked by Felicia's urge to flirt with some excessively macho blokes. It's a thoughtful, interesting and at times moving movie, with a great nostalgic soundtrack, (featuring Abba, naturally), and some great visual moments - oh yes - and it got the Oscar for best costume. Get it out on video - I guarantee a good evening's viewing.

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                      This Oscar-Winning (Best Costume) comedy won the hearts of movie goers partly for its lavish costumes and devotion to Abba, but mostly for the great performances of three drag artists who are on the road trip of a lifetime!