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The Birdcage (1996)

R | | Comedy | 8 March 1996 (USA)
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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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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8 March 1996 (USA)  »

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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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In the early 80s, director Mike Nichols was hired by producer Allan Carr to direct a different "Americanized" version of La Cage aux Folles (1978), this one for Broadway. It was to be set in New Orleans and titled The Queen of Basin Street. However, when Carr brought in a new production team to co-produce, Nichols, choreographer Tommy Tune, and composer Maury Yeston were all fired. This project eventually became the 1983 hit Broadway musical, La Cage aux Folles. See more »

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There are two very obvious cuts during the beginning flyby, which is assembled to look like one long shot from the opening over the ocean to the close up of the stage inside the club. The first is when the shot pans down to the street in front of the club. Most of the cars shift to the right and some are different. Then again as the shot approaches the front door, the action inside the door cuts to a different shot. 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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William Tell Overture
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Written by Gioachino Rossini
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Don't believe anyone who says this film is bad!
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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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