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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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Trivia

While Nathan Lane, like his character in the film, is openly gay, he hadn't come out at the time of the film's release. See more »

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The color of the eggs in the soup at dinner changes between shots. 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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Connections

Referenced in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »

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Mi Guajira
Written by Cachao (as Israel "Cachao" Lopez)
Performed by Cachao
Courtesy of Crescent Moon Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Sony Music
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Fabulous!!!!!!!
4 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

"The Birdcage" is a hilarious movie about a happily "married" gay couple, forced to play straight for the marriage for Armond's son and his conservative in-laws. Even though it is a bit stereotypical, it was played with charm and energy and is absolutely irresistible. I really enjoyed "The Birdcage" because it had a lot of serious issues, yet managed to turn into a fun joke. We take the politic stand on gay marriages so seriously, that I think this was needed just for a good laugh at it.

Nathan Lane and Robin Williams, what terrific performances! Again, I know it was stereotypical, but I have a couple friends that do actually act like that. So, I was more than willing to go with it. I loved the whole Nathan being the Mom dinner scene. It was just too hard not to laugh. I am little surprised by the rating of 6.5. I think people should see this film and just have a good time with it. Trust me, it's just a fun movie and it's not offensive in any way.

10/10


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