The Birdcage

Closed Capationed Starring: Nathan Lane & Robin Williams Director: Mike Nichols  Rated: R: Restricted
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
  • Additional Products:
    • Collectible Booklet

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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.

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 03/08/1995
"...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"
Entertainment Weekly - 03/29/1996
"Enchantingly funny....The beauty of THE BIRD CAGE is that its jokes and its message are one and the same..." -- Rating: A-
Variety - 03/04/1996
"...THE BIRDCAGE is a scream....Performed with matchless aplomb and made with plush professionalism....[The film] serves up pure pleasure..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/08/1996
"...Robin Williams is the best surprises....He's more restrained than in anything he's done since AWAKENINGS..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Deception | Family Interaction | Gay / Lesbian | Recommended | Slapstick | Switching Roles | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: March 8, 1996.

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  • UPC: 027616603395
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