What happens when you put two drag queens and one transsexual on an RV and send them across the desert?
You get ABBA, costumes, and the hilarious film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Tick is playing in bars as his alter ego, Mitzi. It’s a pretty thankless career, and he’s looking for something more. He works with Adam/Felicia, a young, sassy, take no shit guy. Tick receives a call (blast from the past) to go play at a resort in Alice Springs. Tick wants to include his friend, Bernadette, who is a prim and proper transsexual. To make this journey they have a big junky RV.
This isn’t just some fun road trip. We have three strong/Diva personalities at work. Not everyone is accepting of them and what they do. We get a graffiti scene of the bus. What I love is that instead of it becoming all “Oh poor me” that say screw it, let’s paint the whole bus pink.
The cast makes this movie. Take a look at who was in it, and remember this was 1994!
Hugo Weaving (left) is Anthony/Tick/Mitzi . Look carefully..he should be very familiar. He is none other than Agent Smith (“Hello, Mr. Anderson”) from The Matrix trilogy. It doesn’t stop there! He is also the elf, Elrond, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I don’t know his exact title and don’t dare set off Ring fans). He won my heart in Priscilla. He may not be the prettiest drag queen, but this dress of flip flops I will love forever!
You have seen Guy Pearce (center) as Adam/Felicia Jollygoodfellow. If he looks familiar he has quite a long movie list. I know him from The Time Machine (2002) and The Count of Monte Cristo (also 2002).
Then we have Terence Stamp (right) as Bernadette (never call her Ralph unless you want the shit knocked out of you). I recognized him before anyone else because of Young Guns (1988), which I loved and had all my faves of the time in it: Keifer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
I just love this movie! We have ABBA, Gloria Gaynor, Ce Ce Peniston, The Village People, etc. This all makes for a spectacular soundtrack. The clothes, the hair, and the makeup I am a total sucker for, and they have some of the best legs!
This is a film that finds humor everywhere. Anytime something may get deep or sad they swing it right back around. When you have a chick shooting ping pong balls out of her lady parts you know you have a funny film on your hands.
This movie definitely gets a toast from me. Even though it’s almost 20 years old, it’s not dated, since it doesn’t rely on current pop references like other comedies like to do. The jokes and themes it hits on can be from the present day. You can only tell really by the movie visual quality that it’s an older flick. It is a much watch movie to put on your movie “bucket list”. Where are you going to hear: “A cock in a frock on a rock.” or “Why don’t you go light your tampon, and blow your box out, because it’s the only bang you’re going to get.” Or see this? A drag queen sitting on top of a bus in a high heeled shoe lip-syncing opera in the middle of Australia?
Do a Shot: for every ABBA song
Take a Drink: for every outfit change
Between those two you should be trashed!