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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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Also Known As:

Birds of a Feather  »

Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The two-minute opening sequence looks like one continuous Steadicam shot when, in fact, the sequence consisted of three separate shots seamlessly combined through the magic of dissolves, matting, and morphing:
  • Shot one began in a helicopter out over the Atlantic and ended over the street in Miami's South Beach area where the club was located


  • Shot two began on a crane (simulating a chopper) where the Steadicam operator was gradually lowered to ground level before stepping off the crane; he then traversed the street and proceeded through the club's front door


  • Shot three was executed on a studio soundstage where the Steadicam operator began just outside the "club" exterior, and then proceeded inside for the shot's conclusion. According to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, the most difficult aspect of the process was matching the speed of the crane with that of the helicopter.


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Goofs

There are two very obvious cuts during the beginning flyby, which is assembled to look like one long shot from the opening over the ocean to the close up of the stage inside the club. The first is when the shot pans down to the street in front of the club. Most of the cars shift to the right and some are different. Then again as the shot approaches the front door, the action inside the door cuts to a different shot. See more »

Quotes

[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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LADY MARMALADE
Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
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Don't believe anyone who says this film is bad!
27 May 2004 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

I'm disappointed to see that some people can't appreciate the brilliance in this film! Robin Williams is on top form, with 'you're taking your toothbrush to the grave, how Egyptian' brilliantly improvised. Weiss is convincing in her role, as usual. Hackman is great, as usual, and Nathan Lane is overly feminate, as usual. Wonderfully cast and with a great script, it will please anyone with a sense of humour. I pity anyone who can't enjoy it, for whatever reason- homophobia, lack of intelligence, arrogance, narrow mindedness etc. I'll admit that originals are often better, but that doesn't stop this from being a film to be enjoyed. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good laugh, happy watching!

Louis Hartshorn, age 15


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