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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Birds of a Feather  »

Box Office

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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With $18.3 million, had the highest weekend opening gross with an openly gay character in the lead until Brüno (2009). See more »

Goofs

During the dinner scene, when Armand is running to the kitchen, a guy is visible through the round door window. 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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LITTLE DREAM
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Nathan Lane (uncredited)
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Absolutely Fabulous
6 July 2004 | by (Hollywood, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are phenomenal and hilarious, but the best performance throughout the film is by Hank Azaria, as Agador, the adorable flaming butler. My favorite scene is when both families are sitting together eating dinner. I don't want to give anything away, but wow I was in tears. Gene Hackman is extremely funny as a conservative senator. This film is colorful, unique and will keep an audience roaring with laughter. Yes, the movie follows some typical stereo types among a gay male couple, however, is not offensive in anyway, shape or form. I think this is such a cute film, and if you haven't seen it, or if you happen to be in the mood for a laugh out loud movie rent The Birdcage.

My Rating: 9/10


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