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La Cage aux Folles (1978)

La cage aux folles (original title)
R | | Comedy | 30 March 1979 (USA)
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albin Mougeotte dit Zaza Napoli
Claire Maurier ...
Simone Deblon
Rémi Laurent ...
Carmen Scarpitta ...
Louise Charrier
Luisa Maneri ...
Andréa Charrier
Carlo Reali ...
Le videur
Guido Cerniglia ...
Le médecin
Angelo Pellegrino ...
Un assistant de la boîte de nuit
Nicola D'Eramo
Vinicio Diamanti
Liana Del Balzo ...
Mme Charrier


Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the drag club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner. Written by Elisabeth Freeman <freeman-elisabeth@cs.yale.edu>

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The comedy that comes out of the closet!




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Release Date:

30 March 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Birds of a Feather  »

Box Office


FRF 7,000,000 (estimated)


$17,921,489 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The original French play ran for 1800 performances, from 1973 to 1978, at the Theatre du Palais-Royal in Paris. In New York, the play ran for well over a year at the 68th Street Playhouse, as well as in theaters throughout the country, in both urban and rural areas See more »


Simon Charrier: How many mommies does your son have? Combien de mamans a votre fils?
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Referenced in Jeffrey (1995) See more »

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Hilarious farce, much better than the sequels or remake ("The Birdcage").
6 March 1999 | by (Mountain View, Ca.) – See all my reviews

Absolutely classic French bedroom farce, hilarious from start to finish. Oft-told tale about two gay lovers whose son wants to marry a politician's daughter, and the lover's attempt to straighten out for one night. So far there are two sequels, a musical version, and an inferior American remake ("The Birdcage" with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams), but this is the original, the only, the funniest, the best.

Don't let the subtitles intimidate you, this is hilarious, this is the best, this movie RULES.

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