The Birdcage

Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 1997

R |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

In this remake of the classic French farce "La Cage aux Folles," engaged couple Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) shakily introduce their future in-laws. Val's father, Armand (Robin Williams), a gay Miami drag club owner, pretends to be straight and attempts to hide his relationship with Albert (Nathan Lane), his life partner and the club's flamboyant star attraction, so as to please Barbara's father, controversial Republican Sen. Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman).

Cast: Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest, Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart

Director: Mike Nichols

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: United Artists, Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Son , Forbidden love , Tense , Transformation , 1990s , House ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    What makes Mike Nichols' version more than just a retread is good casting in the key roles, and a wicked screenplay by Elaine May. show more

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Hilarious, frenetic, and touching, but stereotyped and superficial in its treatment of both homosexuals and conservatives. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The film is so boisterously entertaining that it's easy for the unsuspecting viewer not to realize that there's a message here. show more

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Awards

Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)