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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$123,986,682 (USA) (16 August 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hank Azaria's role was expanded from initially playing Albert's dresser to Agador Spartacus, the couple's Guatemalan maid. See more »


The transmission selector on the Senator's car is in park while they're driving to South Beach. 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 World's Greatest Dad (2009) 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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We Are Family!
16 February 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This film has the distinction of being quite possibly the funniest film that I've ever seen. I remember seeing this film the night it opened and laughing so hard that my friend told me she'd get up and leave me there if I didn't shut up!

Almost everyone I've talked to over the years swears by how hysterical this film is. There is a reason for that: Nathan Lane. This guy is a comic genius. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance but should have been nominated for an Academy Award as well if you ask me. Originally when I first saw it, I didn't care for Robin Williams' character at all but the more I've seen it over the years (over fifty times) it grows on me. Dianne Wiest is her normal, ditzy self but is a scream here and Gene Hackman in that last scene...well, I don't want to give away anything.

Half of the fun of this film is the verbal repartee between the characters, especially anything between Hank Azaria, Nathan Lane or Dianne Wiest.

If you haven't seen this film, you owe it to yourself to just have fun and laugh the night away. Enjoy it!!!

My rating: 4 stars

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