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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 & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Armand Goldman
... Sen. Kevin Keeley
... Albert Goldman
... Louise Keeley
... Val Goldman
... Barbara Keeley
... Agador
... Katherine Archer
... Harry Radman
... National Enquirer Photographer
... Keeley's Chauffeur
James Lally ... Cyril
Luca Tommassini ... Celsius
... Goldman Girl
André Fuentes ... Goldman Girl (as Andre Fuentes)
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Storyline

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>

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

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Comedy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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8 March 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Birds of a Feather  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,275,828, 10 March 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$124,060,553

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,260,553
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1.85 : 1
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The pianist, who plays for Albert during his rehearsal with Celsius, is wearing a t-shirt with Maria Callas, the famous operatic soprano, on it. The picture was taken after a performance of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." See more »

Goofs

When Armand is calling Katherine from his car, he is supposedly leaving Miami Beach on his way to Miami. But the cruise ships in the background clearly show that he is heading east to Miami Beach *from* Miami. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

I Could Have Danced All Night
Written by Alan Jay Lerner (as Alan Lerner) and Frederick Loewe
Performed by Nathan Lane (uncredited), Hank Azaria (uncredited), Gene Hackman (uncredited), Robin Williams (uncredited) and Dianne West (uncredited)
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Don't believe anyone who says this film is bad!
27 May 2004 | by 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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