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The Birdcage (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  8 March 1996 (USA)
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Ratings: 6.9/10 from 59,412 users   Metascore: 72/100
Reviews: 172 user | 69 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Goldman Girl (as Andre Fuentes)


Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover, Albert, stars there as Starina. "Their" son Val (actually Armand's by his one heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to announce his engagement to Barbara Keeley, daughter of Kevin Keeley, US Senator, and co-founder of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val, his father and "mother." What ensues is comic chaos. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Birds of a Feather  »

Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,673,343 (UK) (17 May 1996)


JPY 249,131,200 (Japan) (3 January 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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The original working title of the film was "Birds of a Feather" and the first drafts of the script still bear this title. See more »


The amount of soup in the bowls at the dinner table. See more »


[first lines]
[singers are performing "We Are Family" on-stage]
Cyril: [backstage, into a telephone] Agador! Where is Starina? She goes on in 5 minutes!
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William Tell Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini
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One of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
2 September 2008 | by (Subcrust Base 955 - Venus) – See all my reviews

This is a funny, funny story about a gay couple pretending to be a straight couple to impress the family of the son's fiancée. There are moral lessons in this comedy to live and let live and to judge people on their character, not their sexual orientation.

My girlfriend and I watched this movie together and we both howled with laughter. We still treasure this movie and watch it again and again.

We had not seen either the original play or movie so this was a standalone viewing. It was just terrific.

Williams and Lane are perfect as the gay couple. The look on Williams' face when Lane comes into the house when the visitors are there is priceless. Williams is a great straight guy (pun intended) for Lane's antics.

I judge this movie on the amount of laughs it gave me and that has to be a "10." Gene Hackman is perfect, as usual, as a moralizing, hypocritical Senator.

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