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, c1998
Edition: Widescreen and standard versions
ISBN: 9780792833192
0792833198
Branch Call Number: DVD Birdcage
DVD BIRDCAGE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Bird cage [DVD]

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StarLord21
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.

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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!

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melek
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",

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0cho
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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petercorell
Nov 21, 2014

Much has already been written by others on Director Mike Nichol's movie the "The Birdcage". Just a few days ago, Mike Nichols passed away. He did leave some fine movies like "The Graduate", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Whoop" and this fine movie "The Birdcage". Now the story is about a gay couple, yet each person is shown to have feeling and given respect. It is truly a story about a conservative family learning to accept a gay couple. I found it to be beautifully told and quite amusing. Thanks Mike for leaving us such fine films. They will be watched for generations to come!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 16, 2014

With Robin William's recent, unfortunate death, I'm sure this movie has seen a spike in popularity. While its mid-90s political context is somewhat dated (gay cinema and culture was still gaining acceptance), this is still a breezy, well-acted, mildly subversive comedy. A remake of the French film "La Cage Aux Follies," this saw the reunion of director Mike Nichols ("The Graduate") and writer Elaine May, who were a comedy duo in the 60s. Williams plays the straight man (no pun intended) to Nathan Lane's more over the top, flamboyant character and they have a great rapport. The cast is rounded out by Gene Hackman, as a conservative senator, Diane Wiest, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and Dan Futterman. Williams didn't always have the best taste in the 90s ("Patch Adams," "Jack"), but this is one of his best performances. R.I.P.

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garycornell
Aug 12, 2014

It makes me smile just to look at the cover of the DVD box. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane playing a gay couple. They were perfect for their roles and this is some of both theirs best work. We lost Robin Williams yesterday, but we do have this classic "The Birdcage" to remember him by. Robin played a gay man with dignity and respect. The film has a wonderful cast including some great scenes with Gene Hackman. He can be surprisingly funny when he wants to go over the top. KCLS has only 2 copies at present and 32 patrons waiting to see the "Birdcage." I love the fact that so many patrons have recorded their tribute to Robin Williams. We all share in the loss of such a fine man!

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mswrite
Aug 11, 2014

Drags (no pun intended, I swear) a bit now and then but mostly a very, very funny movie.Gene Hackman is spot-on as an uptight, upright Rush Limbaugh-loving conservative, Dianne Wiest is unexpectedly touching as his dependable Republican wife, and Calista Flockhart is winning as the sweet, free-thinking daughter who tries to nudge her parents toward the 20th Century.
Hank Azaria is almost painfully funny as the hapless houseman, Agador, and the ensuing hysteria as he struggles to prepare and serve the Big Dinner to the befuddled and increasingly suspicious Keeleys is priceless. It's enjoyable watching Dan Futterman's Val evolve from a self-absorbed prig to a better, sturdier version of himself with a renewed appreciation and love for both his parents.

And finally Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are inspired as the gay couple who drive themselves and each other a little crazy in their increasingly desperate attempts to help their son Val win over his insufferable in-laws-to-be.

Nathan Lane, an actor of impeccable comic instincts, pulls off the delicate trick of giving the lovable Albert a core of dignity under his effeminate, over-the-top exterior.

When Robin Williams was announced for the role of Armand there were protests from some LGBT activists who had long resented his broadly stereotypical send-ups of gay men in his stand-up routines. Much as I liked him, I sympathized with the complaint and was among the doubters about his casting. But he won me over in his portrayal of the beleaguered Armand. in addition to all the expected slapstick, Williams brought dignity, sensitivity, and moments of unexpected vulnerability and tenderness to the role of a man who had spent a lifetime learning to accept and respect himself in an era that offered neither to gay men.

Thank you, Robin. Thank you, Mike Nichols, And RIP.

jwtraveler Nov 24, 2013

A poor imitation of "La Cages Aux Folles". Robin Williams is good, but Hank Azaria is horribly miscast and I don't like Nathan Lane. Don't waste your time. See the original.

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Bookworm39
Nov 15, 2013

I have seen this movie many times and each time it amazes me with the great acting , the story and the laughter.

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bdls206
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!

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bdls206
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!

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

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

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bdls206
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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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

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bdls206
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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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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