The Birdcage

The Birdcage

DVD - 1998
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The story of a middle-aged gay couple's comic encounter with a self-righteously straight and conservative family. Armand and Albert reluctantly accept young Val's intention to marry the daughter of a conservative Senator, but when the fiancee's family comes to visit, the whole household is turned upside down
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780792833192
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Birdcage 1998
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R
Alternative Title: Bird cage


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Feb 22, 2019

Love this movie so much. Such a great adaptation of la Cage Aux Folles

Feb 09, 2019

Directed by Mike Nichols in 1996 as a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film "La Cage aux Folles" by Édouard Molinaro, this comedy depicts the funny life of a middle-aged gay couple.
Superb are the amusing performances of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.
The unbelievable disguise of Gene Hackman would make you laugh to death.
I thoroughly enjoyed it to the very end.

Dec 22, 2018

This was based off "La Cage aux Folles", which later became a musical - which has one of my favorite songs about being true to yourself ever "I am What I am". This movie adaption is not the best, but it did more than it's best in a part of American history - where let's face it - we still weren't nearly as open as we are today (and we're not even the most open now). But we do get to see Nathan Lane and Robin Williams give brilliant performances. It's a fun movie, with a nice amount of early Drag Queen shade. I enjoyed it.

Nov 30, 2018

a gay story for straight people, with all of the attendant, which is to say offensive, stereotypes

Jun 27, 2018

It was OK but could have been much funnier. My guess is that when it came out in 1996, it was seen as more outrageous (and funnier); but in 2018, with gay rights and marriage a settled issue in America, it has lost much of its edginess.

ArapahoeJillA Jun 25, 2018

Based on the French film, La Cage aux Folles, this remake brings as much joy and laughter as the original. Starring two of our funniest comedic actors, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, this movie is about a gay couple who's son has just announced his engagement to the daughter of a Conservative Republican senator and the mayhem that ensues because of it. It's definitely one of my all-time favorites!

Dec 23, 2016

This is a classic Robin Williams movie. The characters are over the top but in a way that cracks you up. A must watch! RIP Robin Williams.

britprincess1ajax Apr 12, 2016

This is MEET THE FOCKERS before such a crummy film existed. THE BIRDCAGE is the story of a newly engaged couple returning home to their parents with the news, only to realize that they must bring their parents to meet before they get married. The camera centers on Armand (Robin WIlliams) and Albert (Nathan Lane), a gay couple who own the drag club aptly named The Birdcage, but they try to conceal this fact from their son's new in-laws-to-be, a conservative Senator (Gene Hackman) and his sweet traditional wife (Dianne Wiest). It's sweet and funny, if not a little dated in its vernacular. The son isn't particularly sympathetic and I would argue that, even with his stuffy father passing judgment, it's actually Armand's son that is the worst part of this family. How could he be so ashamed of his parents? It was a different time and the world wasn't as friendly to gay culture, but still, it feels downright awful. Regardless, THE BIRDCAGE is a great comedic watch. I loved it. For anyone who likes nineties comedies, I recommend it. Fosse, Fosse, Fosse!

Oct 08, 2015

One of the "cutest" and funniest movies of all time. Other than the son, you can't help but love all the characters in their own ways. Nathan Lane steals the whole movie, but Christine Baransksi in a small role mesmerizes as always, and Luis Camanche not only did excellent choreography, but still makes you go HUBBA HUBBA with his 1 minute dance appearance. Seriously, and this may sound silly, but this movie is MADE for me by two tiny scenes, Christine stuck on the bridge, and Luis opening the exit strategy with his dance. Neither one had any dialogue, but who needed any?
So, great movie, but not as good as 'Working Girl', or as terrifyingly riveting as 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf",

Mar 20, 2015

Stands up well. One of my favourite Robin Williams movie. Gene Hackman is great in this. Good laughs, easy watching and nothing too over the top. My only beef is the poor quality of the video, it’s as if someone recorded it to DVD from VHS. Well worth the watch.

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Mar 26, 2011

Albert: Don't give me that tone!
Armand: What tone?
Albert: That sarcastic contemptuous tone that means you know everything because you're a man, and I know nothing because I'm a woman.
Armand: You're not a woman.
Albert: Oh, you bastard!

Mar 26, 2011

Albert: You know, I used to feel that way too until I found out that Alexander the Great was a fag. Talk about gays in the military!

Mar 26, 2011

Celsius: Chewing gum helps me think.
Albert: Sweetie, you're wasting your gum!

Mar 26, 2011

Armand: Al, you old son of a bitch! How ya doin'? How do you feel about that call today? I mean the Dolphins! Fourth-and-three play on their 30 yard line with only 34 seconds to go!
Albert: How do you think I feel? Betrayed, bewildered... wrong response?


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Mar 26, 2011

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Mar 26, 2011

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 fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.


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Mar 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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