The Birdcage

1996

The Birdcage

Critics Consensus

Mike Nichols wrangles agreeably amusing performances from Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in this fun, if not quite essential, remake of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles.

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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.

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Cast

Robin Williams
as Armand Goldman
Nathan Lane
as Albert/Starina
Gene Hackman
as Sen. Keeley
Dianne Wiest
as Louise Keeley
Dan Futterman
as Val Goldman
Calista Flockhart
as Barbara Keeley
Tom McGowan
as Harry Radman
Grant Heslov
as Photographer
Kirby Mitchell
as Chauffeur
Luis Camacho
as Goldman Girl
Andre Fuentes
as Goldman Girl
Scott Kaske
as Goldman Girl
Tim Kelleher
as Waiter in Club
Ann Cusack
as TV Woman in Van
Stanley DeSantis
as TV Man in Van
J. Roy Helland
as Club Hostess
Anthony Giaimo
as Fishmonger
Lee Delano
as Bakery Man
David Sage
as Senator Eli Jackson
Mike Kinsley
as TV Host
Tony Snow
as TV Host
Dorothy Constantine
as Keeley's Maid
Trina McGee-Davis
as Black Girl On TV
Andres Fuentes
as Goldman Girls
Barry Nolan
as TV Reporter
Amy Powell
as TV Reporter
Ron Pitts
as TV Reporter
Mary Major
as TV Reporter
Steven Porfido
as State Trooper
John D. Pontrelli
as Waiter in Cafe
Ronald Pitts
as TV Reporter
Herschel Sparber
as Big Guy in Park
John Pontrelli
as Waiter In Cafe
Francesca Cruz
as Katharine's Secretary
Brian Reddy
as TV Editor
Jim Jansen
as TV Editor
Al Rodrigo
as Latino Man In Club
Kevin Stea
as Goldman Girls
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Critic Reviews for The Birdcage

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12)

  • This isn't the supreme masterpiece it might have been, but Nichols's direction is very polished and some of the lines and details are awfully funny.

    May 29, 2011 | Full Review…
  • If The Birdcage isn't exactly the Mike Nichols-Elaine May movie of our dreams, it does manage to transform what was formerly a campy bit of French fluff into one of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made.

    May 27, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The Birdcage is a scream.

    Mar 26, 2009

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes Mike Nichols' version more than just a retread is good casting in the key roles, and a wicked screenplay by Elaine May, who keeps the original story but adds little zingers here and there.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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