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La Cage aux Folles (1978)

La cage aux folles (original title)
R | | Comedy | 30 March 1979 (USA)
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership ... See full summary »

Director:

Édouard Molinaro

Writers:

Jean Poiret (play), Francis Veber (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Renato Baldi
Michel Serrault ... Albin Mougeotte dit Zaza Napoli
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Simone Deblon
Rémi Laurent Rémi Laurent ... Laurent Baldi
Carmen Scarpitta Carmen Scarpitta ... Louise Charrier
Benny Luke ... Jacob
Luisa Maneri ... Andréa Charrier
Michel Galabru ... Simon Charrier
Venantino Venantini ... Le chauffeur de Charrier
Carlo Reali Carlo Reali ... Le videur
Guido Cerniglia Guido Cerniglia ... Le médecin
Angelo Pellegrino Angelo Pellegrino ... Un assistant de la boîte de nuit
Nicola D'Eramo Nicola D'Eramo
Vinicio Diamanti Vinicio Diamanti
Liana Del Balzo Liana Del Balzo ... Mme Charrier
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Storyline

Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the drag club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner. Written by Elisabeth Freeman <freeman-elisabeth@cs.yale.edu>

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Taglines:

The comedy that comes out of the closet!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birds of a Feather See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,709, 1 April 1979

Gross USA:

$20,424,259

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,424,259
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The original French play ran for 1800 performances, from 1973 to 1978, at the Theatre du Palais-Royal in Paris. In New York, the movie ran for well over a year at the 68th Street Playhouse Cinema, as well as in cinemas throughout the country, in both urban and rural areas. See more »

Quotes

Simon Charrier: Your son, Mr. Baldi... how many mothers does he have?
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Alternate Versions

The version originally dubbed into German and released here obviously runs a couple of minutes shorter than the international. Some additional scenes have been dubbed by different German actors more than 20 years later for the DVD release. See more »

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Better than its remake.
18 November 1999 | by tcuthbertsonSee all my reviews

I first saw La Cage Aux Folles after its American remake "The Birdcage". This was unfortunate because that meant the plot was already familiar to me. However, it was even more hilarious than its American version. The characters in the American version are nearly exact duplicates of their French counterparts. Somehow, the whole movie appears funnier in its original French (even though I don't speak French).

American audiences may like the remake better because the script was rewritten so that its humor was more topical. For instance, Gene Hackman's character is an obvious farce of Bob Dole, who was a prominent republican leader at the time. The French version contains a more generic conservative versus liberal dialogue.

However, if you can stand reading the translations, La Cage Aux Folles is well worth your time. I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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