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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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Come as you are. 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,673,343 (UK) (17 May 1996)

Gross:

$123,986,682 (USA) (16 August 1996)
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Director Paul Thomas Anderson has said that this movie is one of two films "that without fail or question will make me stop dead in my tracks and watch all the way to the very end, no matter what else is happening or needs to get done." The other film is Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). 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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Featured in 1997 MTV Movie Awards (1997) See more »

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Little Dream
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Nathan Lane (uncredited)
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Don't believe anyone who says this film is bad!
27 May 2004 | by (Manchester, England) – 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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