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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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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actor Ugo Tognazzi refused to speak most of his lines in anything but Italian, which cause no end of problems for director Édouard Molinaro, according to an interview on the Criterion release. He says he was forced to re-write Tognazzi's French dialogue to match his lips speaking in Italian and bring in a French voice actor to re-dub the lines. See more »

Quotes

Albin Mougeotte: He's being taken from us, and we won't have any others.
Renato Baldi: Unless there's a miracle.
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Alternate Versions

Showtime presented both subtitled and dubbed versions many years ago. The dubbed version had scenes that weren't in the subtitled version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Charles in Charge: La Cage Aux Fools (1990) See more »

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C'est drole!
30 October 2002 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

This cult classic deserves its reputation. I saw it many years ago at a film festival and have loved it ever since.....I grabbed up a video as soon as it became available. It appears, that in the last few years, some critics are finding fault with the film but in my opinion it has held up well.

The two main characters and the actors that play them are priceless. Ugo Tognazzi, one of my favorite Italian actors,is so suave and world-weary as Renato, the stronger of the couple. Michel Serrault is a nervous, overwrought, insecure prima donna who squeals and minces his way through life and will have you falling off the couch with delight. Although there is not a lot of affection shown between the two, the underlying strength of their relationship is evident.

One warning......do not see the dubbed version of this film!! It is most unsatisfactory. The sub-titled version at least retains the voices of the actors which is part of the appeal of the film. If you speak French, please see the original...many of the lines do not translate well to English and contain nuances that are not present in the translation. Whichever version you see (sub-titled or original), it will be a viewing experience that will bring tears of laughter....it's a joy!


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