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The Birdcage ()


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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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Armand Goldman
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Sen. Kevin Keeley
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Albert Goldman
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Louise Keeley
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Val Goldman
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Barbara Keeley
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Agador
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Katherine Archer
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Harry Radman
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National Enquirer Photographer
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Keeley's Chauffeur
James Lally ...
Cyril
Luca Tommassini ...
Celsius
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Goldman Girl
André Fuentes ...
Goldman Girl (as Andre Fuentes)
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Goldman Girl
Dante Henderson ...
Goldman Girl (as Dante Lamar Henderson)
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Goldman Girl
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Goldman Girl
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Waiter in Club
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TV Woman in Van
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TV Man in Van
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Club Hostess
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Mr. Lopez
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Mr. Boyington
David Sage ...
Sen. Eli Jackson
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TV Host
Tony Snow ...
TV Host
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Bridget
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Chocolate (as Trina McGee-Davis)
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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
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TV Editor
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Matron
Sylvia Short ...
Matron
James H. Morrison ...
Pastor
Robert K. Baruch ...
Rabbi
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Harry (scenesDeleted)
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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)
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Executive Producer (uncredited)
Louis Campos ...
Gay Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Hot Guy (uncredited)
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Clubgoer (uncredited)
Michael Thomas Daniel ...
Guy In Street (uncredited)
Orlando Delbert ...
Man in Club (uncredited)
Bodo Goerisch ...
Tourist (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
Dave Knight ...
Broad Causeway Commuter (uncredited)
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Radio Newscaster (uncredited) (voice)
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Jay Leno (uncredited)
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Drag Queen (uncredited)
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Crewman (uncredited)
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Drag Queen Dancer (uncredited)
Claudio Sad ...
Driver (uncredited)
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Chuck (uncredited)
Rene Teboe ...
South Beach Tourist (uncredited)
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Pool Waiter (uncredited)
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Drag Queen (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mike Nichols

Written by

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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

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Marcello Danon ... executive producer
Michele Imperato ... associate producer
Neil A. Machlis ... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Mike Nichols ... producer

Cinematography by

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Emmanuel Lubezki ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Arthur Schmidt

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Ellen Lewis
Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Bo Welch

Art Direction by

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Tom Duffield

Set Decoration by

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Cheryl Carasik

Costume Design by

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Ann Roth

Makeup Department

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Baker ... hair stylist: Ms. Baranski
J. Roy Helland ... hair designer / 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 / 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

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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

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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

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Nick Bridwell ... stand-by painter
John Dexter ... assistant art director
Michael Diersing ... construction coordinator
Chris Fix ... propmaker gangboss
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 B. 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)
Kevin Mangan ... greensman (uncredited)
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Eric Rosenberg ... graphic designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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 ... re-recording mixer
Dan Evans Farkas ... assistant sound editor
Lewis Goldstein ... sound effects editor
Mark Jennings ... boom operator
Kristen M. Johnson ... adr assistant editor
Jeff Levison ... 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
Kay Denmark ... adr boom operator (uncredited)
Jeff Kliment ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Stan Parks ... special effects coordinator
Daniel Sudick ... special effects (as Dan Sudick)

Visual Effects by

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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)

Stunts

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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

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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)
Kenneth E. King ... second company grip (as Kenny King)
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
Susan Turcot ... dimmer board operator
Harry Zimmerman ... second assistant camera
Jack Chouchanian ... grip (uncredited)
Mark J. Coyne ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mark Duncan ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Moose 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

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Patricia DiCerto ... casting assistant (as Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto)
Gail Goldberg ... casting assistant
Ellen Jacoby ... extras casting: Miami
Barbara Klein ... extras casting assistant
John Laccetti ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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)
Kerrie Bishop ... costume buyer (uncredited)
Heather Holmes ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Adolfo Calderón ... location manager: Miami
Robbie Goldstein ... location manager
Adolfo Alvarez-Calderon ... location manager: Miami (uncredited)
Jennifer Radzikowski ... assistant location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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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

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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

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Mary Bailey ... script supervisor
Adam Bryant ... stand-in: Mr. Williams
Jonathan Capra ... production assistant
Cliff Fleming ... helicopter pilot
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
Brian Moon ... production assistant
Vincent Paterson ... choreographer
John Pontrelli ... production assistant
Kelly Richards Ralston ... first assistant accountant
Alec Schechter ... production assistant
Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt ... production coordinator: Miami (as Elayne Schneiderman)
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)
Paul Barth ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Lori Berhon ... adr loop group (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)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Come as you are. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Birdcage - Ein Paradies für schrille Vögel (Germany)
  • Una jaula de grillos (Spain)
  • La jaula de los pájaros (Peru)
  • Φτερά και Πούπουλα (Greece)
  • Birdcage (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Box Office

Budget $31,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $166,136, 26 Jul 1996
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $185,260,553

Did You Know?

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Trivia Hank Azaria realized after filming that he had actually based his voice on his grandmother's. See more »
Goofs In the kitchen scene where Armand and Val realize Agador never prepared an entrée, Armand slips and falls while bringing the sweet & sour peasant soup pot back into the dining room; as he then tells Val "go, go, she'll be here any minute, go", he is clearly laughing. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Birdcage/Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco/Down Periscope/If Lucy Fell/Anne Frank Remembered (1996). See more »
Soundtracks La virgen lloraba See more »
Quotes Armand: What are you giving him drugs for? What the hell are Pirin tablets?
Agador: It's aspirin with the "A" and the "S" scraped off.
Armand: My God, what a brilliant idea!
Agador: I know.
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