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The Birdcage (1996)

R  |   |  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 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 <>

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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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In the movie, Calista Flockhart's character Barbara is "not even 19". Flockhart was actually 31 at the time of the filming. Dan Futterman's character Val is supposed to be 20, but in reality, he was actually 27 when the film was being shot. See more »


The evening that Val arrives home, Albert comes upstairs in a fit. While screaming "Where is he? Where's your little Chippie," Albert throws a product of the stage skit at Armand and, as a result, the candle on the table goes out. In the next shot, the candle is lit again. 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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Referenced in Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) See more »


Written by Enrique E. Garcia
Performed by Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music
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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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