Picks and Pans Review: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

updated 08/15/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter

With old '70s funk and disco hits blaring from the speakers, two drag queens and a transsexual set out in a bus named Priscilla. Their intention: to drive from Sydney through the red desert of the Australian Outback to Alice Springs, where they have a singing engagement.

Often funny and occasionally touching, this Australian film is a traditional road picture, but with fabulously excessive costumes and hair. The cast, under the direction of Stephan Elliott, is strong, especially Stamp as an aging transsexual trying to figure out how to spend the autumn of his life, and Weaving as a drag queen with a wife and another surprise in his past. The movie's costumes, by Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel, are spectacular. Watch for a matching dress, wig and purse ensemble made entirely of plastic beach thongs. (R)

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