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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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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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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,673,343 (UK) (17 May 1996)

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$123,986,682 (USA) (16 August 1996)
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Mike Nichols cast Hank Azaria after seeing him in Quiz Show (1994). See more »

Goofs

(At about 46:00) One of the drag queens redecorating Armand's apartment is carrying a mounted moose head. Val asks "What is that?" and the man replies "I got it at the antique store across the street." As demonstrated in the film's opening shot, there are no stores "across the street" in this section of Ocean Drive on Miami Beach. There is only a park, a beach, and the Atlantic Ocean. See more »

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[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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References Amadeus (1984) See more »

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Say It Again
Written by Steven Goldstein, Val Garay, and Anthony Lapoe
Performed by PLANET ONE
Courtesy of Aarol Music
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Absolutely Fabulous
6 July 2004 | by (Hollywood, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are phenomenal and hilarious, but the best performance throughout the film is by Hank Azaria, as Agador, the adorable flaming butler. My favorite scene is when both families are sitting together eating dinner. I don't want to give anything away, but wow I was in tears. Gene Hackman is extremely funny as a conservative senator. This film is colorful, unique and will keep an audience roaring with laughter. Yes, the movie follows some typical stereo types among a gay male couple, however, is not offensive in anyway, shape or form. I think this is such a cute film, and if you haven't seen it, or if you happen to be in the mood for a laugh out loud movie rent The Birdcage.

My Rating: 9/10


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