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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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Storyline

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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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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Breakthrough movie role of American Broadway actor Nathan Lane. See more »

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In the kitchen scene where Armand and Val realize Agador never prepared an entrée, Armand slips and falls while bringing the sweet & sour peasant soup pot back into the dining room; as he then tells Val "go, go, she'll be here any minute, go", he is clearly laughing. 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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LITTLE DREAM
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Performed by Nathan Lane (uncredited)
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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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