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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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James Lally ...
Luca Tommassini ...
Goldman Girl
André Fuentes ...
Goldman Girl (as Andre Fuentes)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What could possibly come between a match made in heaven? The parents. Dinner. And a nightclub called... (The Birdcage) See more »



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?


Mike Nichols cast Hank Azaria after seeing him in Quiz Show (1994). See more »


When Armand discovers that Val is getting married, he quickly drinks all of his champagne. But when he gets up to refill his glass, it appears that there is still champagne there. 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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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


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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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