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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Three Sydney drag queens are contacted to do a show in Alice Springs, a resort town deep in the Australian outback. Undeterred by the distance, the three purchase a new ride, a lavender tour bus named Priscilla, and head into the desert. A campy, hilarious, and surprisingly heartwarming film about the discoveries and exploits of these three friends during their travels.
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Austin Chronicle by

Where drag is concerned, though, the film does anything but drag; Elliott has no compunction about restraint, and Priscilla gushes with bitchy repartee, campy comedy, sappy Seventies pop (Abba! “Billy, Don't Be a Hero”! “Take a Letter, Maria”!), and production numbers so outrageous, they make the Divine Miss M's excess look like the efforts of a Baptist boys' camp.
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Empire by Angie Errigo

Those who find men in feathers inherently divine will have a high old time here, and there are enough hilarious cinematic moments for the gob-smacked rest.
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ReelViews by James Berardinelli

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is about the most fun you can have with three guys who like to dress up as women.
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Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

This nicely made 1994 comedy-drama could be described as an Australian "Easy Rider," with Sydney drag queens instead of bikers and no apocalyptic ending.
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Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The generosity and gorgeousness with which Aussie writer-director Stephan Elliott (and costume designers Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel) turn this most unlikely road picture into something arresting - if a tad sentimental - in its naive vision of a perfectly tolerant world.
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San Francisco Chronicle by Mick LaSalle

Director Stephan Elliott too easily buys into the drag queens' conception of themselves as valiant pursuers of illusion, without ever questioning the value of the illusion being pursued.

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