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The Birdcage (1996)

 -  Comedy  -  8 March 1996 (USA)
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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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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 Keely, daughter of Kevin Keely, US Senator, and vice president of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val and his father and "mother..." and what ensues is comic chaos. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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What could possibly come between a match made in heaven? The parents. Dinner. And a nightclub called... (The Birdcage) See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Birds of a Feather  »

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Opening Weekend:

JPY 73,721,900 (Japan) (13 December 1996)

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JPY 249,131,200 (Japan) (3 January 1997)
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In the early '80s, director Mike Nichols was hired by producer Allan Carr to direct a different "Americanized" version of La Cage aux Folles (1978), this one for Broadway. It was to be set in New Orleans and titled The Queen of Basin Street. However, when Carr brought in a new production team to co-produce, Nichols, choreographer Tommy Tune, and composer Maury Yeston were all fired. This project eventually became the 1983 hit Broadway musical, La Cage aux Folles. See more »

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When Armand and Val are talking, the door behind Armand is alternately open/closed between shots. See more »

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[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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A Warm and Hilarious Comedy...
22 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE BIRDCAGE is the hysterically entertaining Americanized version of the French classic LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. In this version Robin Williams plays the gay owner of a Florida nightclub who learns his straight son (Dan Futterman) is coming home and is engaged to be married. Williams learns from his son that his fiancée's parents (Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest) are straight-laced and ultra-conservative and will not be comfortable meeting his gay father or his even more flamboyant lover (Nathan Lane) and suggests Williams send Lane out of town while Hackman and Wiest are in town. Instead, Lane puts on his best drag and meets the parents as Williams' wife in one of the most hilarious dinner party scenes ever filmed. This film is chock full of sparkling dialogue and sharp performances. I also found it rather refreshing to see Robin Williams playing straight man to Lane, who along with Hank Azaria as their housekeeper, practically steal the film from everyone else in one of the most entertaining comedies of the 90's. And the sight of Gene Hackman in drag is something everyone must experience.


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