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The Birdcage -- Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane and Dianne Wiest lead the laughs in this wild comedy that insists you don't have to be a woman to be a mother.
The Birdcage -- 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 fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.


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8 March 1996 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robin Williams ... Armand Goldman

Gene Hackman ... Sen. Kevin Keeley

Nathan Lane ... Albert Goldman

Dianne Wiest ... Louise Keeley

Dan Futterman ... Val Goldman

Calista Flockhart ... Barbara Keeley

Hank Azaria ... Agador

Christine Baranski ... Katherine Archer

Tom McGowan ... Harry Radman

Grant Heslov ... National Enquirer Photographer

Kirby Mitchell ... Keeley's Chauffeur
James Lally ... Cyril
Luca Tommassini ... Celsius

Luis Camacho ... Goldman Girl
André Fuentes ... Goldman Girl (as Andre Fuentes)
Tony Gonzalez ... Goldman Girl
Dante Henderson ... Goldman Girl (as Dante Lamar Henderson)

Scott Kaske ... Goldman Girl

Kevin Alexander Stea ... Goldman Girl

Tim Kelleher ... Waiter in Club

Ann Cusack ... TV Woman in Van

Stanley DeSantis ... TV Man in Van

J. Roy Helland ... Club Hostess

Anthony Giaimo ... Mr. Lopez

Lee Delano ... Mr. Boyington
David Sage ... Sen. Eli Jackson
Michael Kinsley ... TV Host
Tony Snow ... TV Host

Dorothy Constantine ... Bridget

Trina McGee ... Chocolate (as Trina McGee-Davis)
Barry Nolan ... TV Reporter
Amy Powell ... TV Reporter
Ron Pitts ... TV Reporter
James Hill ... TV Reporter
Mary Major ... TV Reporter
Steven Porfido ... State Trooper
John Pontrelli ... Rodrigo, Cafe Waiter (as John D. Pontrelli)
Herschel Sparber ... Big Guy in Park
Francesca Cruz ... Imelda
Brian Reddy ... TV Editor

Jim Jansen ... TV Editor
Marjorie Lovett ... Matron
Sylvia Short ... Matron
James H. Morrison ... Pastor
Robert K. Baruch ... Rabbi

Mike Starr ... Harry (scenes deleted)

Al Rodrigo ... Latino Man in Club
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jordan Ancel ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Patrizia Barretto ... Bikini Girl on Roller Blades (uncredited)
Elisa Bridges ... Bikini Girl on Beach (uncredited)
Scott Burkholder ... Executive Producer (uncredited)
Louis Campos ... Gay Bar Patron (uncredited)

Jan Citron ... Clubgoer (uncredited)
Michael Thomas Daniel ... Guy In Street (uncredited)
Orlando Delbert ... Man in Club (uncredited)

Thelma Gutiérrez ... Bartender (uncredited)
Dave Knight ... Broad Causeway Commuter (uncredited)
Don LaFontaine ... Radio Newscaster (voice) (uncredited)

Jay Leno ... Himself (uncredited)

Kevin Loreque ... Drag Queen (uncredited)
James Gordon MacDonald ... Crewman (uncredited)

Jody Millard ... Drag Queen Dancer (uncredited)
Claudio Sad ... Driver (uncredited)

Kenneth Stephens ... Chuck (uncredited)
Rene Teboe ... South Beach Tourist (uncredited)
Joel Tuber ... Editor (uncredited)

Jordan Werner ... Pool Waiter (uncredited)

Lars Woods ... Drag Queen (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
Writing credits
Jean Poiret (play "La Cage Aux Folles")

Francis Veber (earlier screenplay) and
Édouard Molinaro (earlier screenplay) and
Marcello Danon (earlier screenplay) and
Jean Poiret (earlier screenplay)

Elaine May (screenplay)

Produced by
Marcello Danon .... executive producer
Michele Imperato .... associate producer
Neil A. Machlis .... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Mike Nichols .... producer
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Lubezki (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Arthur Schmidt 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Bo Welch 
Art Direction by
Tom Duffield 
Set Decoration by
Cheryl Carasik 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Baker .... hair stylist: Ms. Baranski
J. Roy Helland .... hair designer
J. Roy Helland .... makeup designer
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as James McCoy)
Cheri Minns .... key makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Peter Owen .... hair designer
Peter Owen .... makeup designer
Ron Scott .... hair stylist: Mr. Hackman
David Syner .... makeup artist: Ms. Baranski
Alicia M. Tripi .... hair stylist
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair stylist
Production Management
Michele Imperato .... unit production manager
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager (as Neil Machlis)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Okabayashi .... second assistant director
Marten W. Piccinini .... second assistant director: Miami
Mark Tobey .... second second assistant director
Joel Tuber .... first assistant director
Art Department
Nick Bridwell .... stand-by painter
John Dexter .... assistant art director
Michael Diersing .... construction coordinator
Charles Guanci Jr. .... props: Miami
Randy Gunter .... assistant property master
Sean Haworth .... set designer
David Manhan .... lead man
Brent Regan .... construction foreman
Stephanie Schwartzman .... art department coordinator
Mark Wade .... property master
Clyde Zimmerman .... paint supervisor
Fred Apolito .... propmaker (uncredited)
Mike Brooks .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Christopher Casey .... set dresser (uncredited)
Peggy Casey .... propmaker (uncredited)
Michael J. Flynn .... set dresser (uncredited)
Daniel J. Gillooly .... greens foreman (uncredited)
Scott E. Handt .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Dean F. Janik .... signwriter (uncredited)
Robert Loring Jr. .... stand-by greens (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Eric Rosenberg .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (as Raul Bruce)
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Evans Farkas .... assistant sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Mark Jennings .... boom operator
Kristen M. Johnson .... assistant adr editor
Jeff Levison .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... apprentice sound editor (as Kimberly R. McCord)
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Nicholas Renbeck .... assistant sound editor
Stuart Stanley .... foley editor
Philip Stockton .... dialogue editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... dialogue editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr supervisor
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator (uncredited)
Jeff Kliment .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stan Parks .... special effects coordinator
Daniel Sudick .... special effects (as Dan Sudick)
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects
Larry Gaynor .... CIS-SGI artist/operator
Ron Kallsen .... CIS-SGI artist/operator
Adam Kowalski .... matte photography
Lynn Ledgerwood .... special rigging
Rebecca Marie .... hammerhead animator
Gregory Oehler .... CIS-SGI artist/operator
Richard Patterson .... digital supervisor
Mark Sawicki .... digital advisor
Kurt E. Soderling .... visual effects camera operator (as Kurt Soderling)
Robert Stromberg .... matte artist
Catherine Sudolcan .... production manager, visual effects
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects
Mike Wassel .... matte artist
David S. Williams Jr. .... optical/digital photography
Jeff Heusser .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Scott Howell .... utility stunts
George Palmiero .... utility stunts
Jim Vickers .... stunts
Tom Bahr .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Cort Hessler .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian W. Armstrong .... first assistant camera (as Brian Armstrong)
Richard Crompton .... rigging grip
Jules Fisher .... theatrical lighting designer: The Birdcage
Rodrigo García .... camera operator
Rusty Geller .... Steadicam operator
Robert Gray .... key grip (as Bob Gray)
Kenneth E. King .... second company grip (as Kenny King)
Stephanie Maislen .... camera loader
Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator
Thomas Nead .... assistant lighting technician
Dayton Nietert .... chief lighting technician
Bradford Ralston .... video assist operator
P. Scott Sakamoto .... Steadicam operator
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Alan Shultz .... dolly grip
Richard Smock .... rigging gaffer
John Tedesco .... theatrical lighting designer: The Birdcage
Harry Zimmerman .... second assistant camera
Jack Chouchanian .... grip (uncredited)
Mark J. Coyne .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mark Duncan .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Enright .... theatrical lighting operator (uncredited)
Michael Garrett .... lighting designer (uncredited)
Renée George .... electrician (uncredited)
Tod Olivieri .... electrician (uncredited)
Jeff Orsa .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Herb Silverman .... electrician (uncredited)
Kurt E. Soderling .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Neil Toussaint .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Valentine .... best boy rigger: Florida (uncredited)
Casting Department
Gail Goldberg .... casting assistant
Ellen Jacoby .... extras casting: Miami
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... casting assistant
Barbara Klein .... extras casting assistant
John Laccetti .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... costume supervisor
Sabrina Calley .... wardrobe assistant
Robert De Mora .... associate costume designer
Bruce Ericksen .... costume supervisor
Mathew Hooey .... costumer
David Mayreis .... wardrober
Stephen P. Shubin .... costumer: Mr. Williams (as Stephen Shubin)
Heather Holmes .... costumer (uncredited)
Kerrie Karcewski .... costume buyer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kris Cole .... associate editor
Dana E. Glauberman .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Jeremiah O'Driscoll .... first assistant editor
Kurt Ramschissel .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Adolfo Calderón .... location manager: Miami
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Adolfo Alvarez-Calderon .... location manager: Miami (uncredited)
Jennifer Radzikowski .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Steve Goldstein .... music supervisor: live music (as Steven Goldstein)
Mort Lindsey .... additional orchestrator
Nicholas Meyers .... music editor
Robert Nichols .... assistant music editor
Seymour Red Press .... music contractor
Nic Ratner .... assistant music editor
Robert Schaper .... supervising music engineer (as Robert Schaper Jr.)
Alan Silverman .... score mixer
Jonathan Tunick .... music arranger
Aaron Zigman .... additional orchestrator
Brian L. McCarty .... music playback operator (uncredited)
Gary Raymond .... music playback & recording mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Randy Burke .... transportation captain
Larry Crenshaw .... transportation captain: Miami
Dan Marrow .... transportation coordinator
K.C. Colebrooke .... driver (uncredited)
Richard P. Pecora .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Adam Bryant .... stand-in: Mr. Williams
Jonathan Capra .... production assistant
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot
Greg Goossen .... stand-in: Mr. Hackman
Barbara Gutman .... production accountant
Carolyn Hagan .... production coordinator
Ian Hobbs .... production assistant
Rex Knowles .... adr loop group
Monique Limery .... craft service
Cricky Long .... production assistant
Elizabeth Massie .... assistant: Mr. Nichols
Patti McGuire .... assistant production coordinator
Vincent Paterson .... choreographer
John Pontrelli .... production assistant
Kelly Richards Ralston .... first assistant accountant
Alec Schechter .... production assistant
Elayne Schneiderman .... production coordinator: Miami
Michael Schultz .... caterer
Catherine Schwenn .... assistant: Mr. Machlis
Rebecca Erwin Spencer .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Doug Taylor .... unit publicist
Harry Winters .... production secretary
Smith Wordes .... assistant choreographer
John Alfred .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Paul Barth .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Lisa Butala .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susan Giordano .... additional second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Kurt Greufe .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Deborah Marsh .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rick McKay .... special researcher (uncredited)
Charlie Montoya .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eric Morris .... production assistant (uncredited)
Catherine Pittman .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language
117 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Gene Hackman and Christine Baranski would work together again 8 years later in Welcome to Mooseport (2004).See more »
Continuity: When Armand and Val are talking, the door behind Armand is alternately open/closed between shots.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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100 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
One of the best comedies ever made, 5 August 2005
Author: Koteas1

First off; I can understand why people would dislike this movie; The characters are all portrayed in an extremely stereotypical way, the acting is considerably over the top most of the time, the story is rather cheesy and not very believable - I mean which gay couple would (or COULD) transform their eccentric home into a monastery-like environment in 24 hours to pretend to be a cultured family to impress the son's fiancée's parents?

...Yet I couldn't stop laughing all the way through, even after the 10th time. Why? It's BECAUSE the characters are so stereotypical, it's BECAUSE the acting is over the top, it's BECAUSE the whole thing is so unbelievable that it makes it scintillating to behold. Even though the characters are stereotypical, the script has obviously been written by someone who doesn't intend to contribute to the stereotypical view of the gay drag community, but who rather wanted to create characters that are lovable while at the same time shouting "don't take us seriously".

This isn't a movie portraying life in the gay society; and everyone who expects realistic (and hence probably rather unfunny) portrayal of such a theme is better off NOT watching a comedy featuring gays (don't most comedies thrive on making the stereotype seem funny?) It may not be politically correct all the way, but hey; society's too hung up on all this political correctness as it is,. The characters in this movie were lovable, perhaps BECAUSE they were stereotypical depictions. However they're brought to life so well by the actors playing them that it doesn't make you shake your head in frustration over yet ANOTHER movie portraying stereotypes, but rather makes you shake your head in laughter over the deadpan things they say and do, which are so obviously unreal at times that anyone who thinks this movie will promote a false picture of the gay community needs a reality check.

The script is amazing, and even though it may really be too over the top once in a while, it doesn't distract from the overall picture. The story isn't much; the focus on details is what makes this movie funny. Little gestures, frowns, face expressions and little subtleties make this movie one of the best comedies I have ever watched, and probably one of the best comedies I will ever be fortunate enough to see in my entire life. Contrary to what it may seem like at first sight, the humor is overly refined without being intellectual, instead of jumping in your face all the time.

What's more, the cast is great. Both Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are very fine comedians who have the touch it takes to play a role like this one. They make over-the-top stereotypes actually FUNNY, instead of just laughable.

And yes, I HAVE seen the original movie, not all too long ago actually, and I have to say the remake is twenty to the power of 99 times better than the original. I barely laughed, and the original version was in my eyes an utterly forgettable movie. And that coming from a person who usually hates remakes.

This movie gives the original "Birdcage" a fresh new shine and transports the story into the 90's. Well made, on all accounts, I can't think of a single criticism!

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