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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)

Rayder 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 
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
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)
Kenny King .... second company grip
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
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
Adolfo Calderón .... location manager: Miami
Jonathan Capra .... production assistant
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
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)
Adolfo Alvarez-Calderon .... location manager: Miami (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)
Jennifer Radzikowski .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language
117 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In the early '80s, director Mike Nichols was hired by producer Allan Carr to direct a different "Americanized" version of La Cage aux Folles (1978), this one for Broadway. It was to be set in New Orleans and titled The Queen of Basin Street. However, when Carr brought in a new production team to co-produce, Nichols, choreographer Tommy Tune, and composer Maury Yeston were all fired. This project eventually became the 1983 hit Broadway musical, La Cage aux Folles.See more »
Continuity: After Albert enters the kitchen, the placement of Armand's Turkish coffee and newspaper change from where they were immediately prior to Albert's entrance.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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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple, 3 June 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Though nothing can beat "La Cage aux Folles," the film on which this American version is based, I still found "The Birdcage" delightful fun and hilarious at times, thanks to the comic geniuses of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. Lane is the dramatic Albert, an over the top drag queen who has lived for years with Robin Williams, Armand, the owner of The Birdcage, where Albert performs. Armand once had a liaison with a woman, which produced a son, Val, who now wants to be married to the daughter of a conservative politician. In order for that to occur, Armand has to become butch, all gay art work, etc., needs to exit the apartment - and Albert must disappear for a few days.

Williams is hilarious - my two favorite scenes are his rehearsal with Albert and a young man appearing with him on stage, and the scene where he coaches Armand on being macho - priceless. Nathan Lane's shtick is familiar to me, as I've seen him in "The Producers" and "The Odd Couple" - he's a riot as the insecure, jealous, easily hurt Albert.

The role of Val is problematic, because how does one keep him from looking like a complete bastard as he shuts out Armand, who raised him. But Dan Futterman and Calista Flockhart as Barbara make a lovely young couple. Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest are very funny as Barbara's befuddled parents.

It's been a long time since I've seen the French "La Cage aux Folles," and I saw the musical on Broadway as well. The French is superior to any version. The musical is quite poignant and emphasizes its statement in the song, "I Am Who I Am." The joy of the French film is that the actors playing the lovers, Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault, play their roles very seriously, and the humor and poignancy come out of the situation and the outrageousness of the Armand character (Albin/Zaza in the French). In "The Birdcage," it's played for comedy all the way. That's okay. You'll still enjoy it. But see the original.

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