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Birdcage (1996)

Director: Mike Nichols     Starring: Robin Williams Nathan Lane
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40000395
UPC: 027616603395
UPC 14: 00027616603395
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The son of a gay man brings his fiancee's conservative parents home for introductions, but there is one condition: his father and his lover must pretend they are straight for the duration of the visit. Now the couple is on a hilarious quest to find an alternative to their alternative lifestyle.
Editor's Note
In Mike Nichols's hilarious remake of the 1978 French comedy LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Robin Williams stars as Armand Goldman, a gay cabaret owner who lives in Miami's South Beach with his partner, Albert (Nathan Lane), the club's star performer. Armand and Albert must try in vain to pass as a typical couple when the prospective in-laws of Armand's son, Val (Dan Futterman), come for dinner. While accepting their alternative lifestyle personally, Val demands that they tone it down for his girlfriend's (Calista Flockhart) parents--who happen to be a political couple running on a family values platform. Lane's hilarious attempts to "play it straight" and Hank Azaria's brilliantly flamboyant houseboy, Agador, are the highlights of the film, which also features a beautifully understated Williams as the more "normal" of the pair. Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest are delightfully square as the future in-laws.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Collector's Edition, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/5/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 906033
Video UPC UPC: 00027616603395
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Robin Williams
Video Cast Info Gene Hackman
Video Cast Info Calista Flockhart
Video Cast Info Nathan Lane
Video Cast Info Dianne Wiest
Video Cast Info Hank Azaria
Video Cast Info Dan Futterman
Video Cast Info Christine Baranski
Video Cast Info Ann Roth - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Bo Welch - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jonathan Tunick - Composer
Video Cast Info Arthur Schmidt - Editor
Video Cast Info Mike Nichols - Producer
Video Cast Info Emmanuel Lubezki - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Elaine May - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Mike Nichols - Director
Plot Summary
THE BIRDCAGE is director Mike Nichols's remake of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. The comedy features a flamboyant gay couple who must attempt to "straighten up" for their son's prospective in-laws.

Memorable Quotes

"Why, it looks like young men playing leapfrog!... Is it Greek?" ---- Louise Keeley (DIANNE WIEST), when she sees the pornographic china that's been set out on Armand and Albert's dinner table.

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...A nicely restrained Williams lets Nathan Lane as his high-strung diva companion rule the roost in this fluttery, funny [film]..." -- 3 out of 4 stars" 03/08/1995 p.1D

Entertainment Weekly
"Enchantingly funny....The beauty of THE BIRD CAGE is that its jokes and its message are one and the same..." -- Rating: A- 03/29/1996 p.46

"...THE BIRDCAGE is a scream....Performed with matchless aplomb and made with plush professionalism....[The film] serves up pure pleasure..." 03/04/1996

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Robin Williams is the best surprises....He's more restrained than in anything he's done since AWAKENINGS..." 03/08/1996 p.29

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Williams,Robin
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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