The Birdcage

The Birdcage

The Birdcage

In this Mike Nichols-directed remake of comedy farce La Cage aux Folles, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane star as a flamboyant gay couple who agree to put up a false straight front when meeting their son's conservative future in-laws (Gene Hackman and Diane Wiest). A starry flock of supporting actors includes Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski, Calista Flockhart and Dan Futterman.

1996119 minsUSAUnited Artists Pictures
Comedy

The Birdcage / Reviews

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

Nichols’ direction is very polished and some of the lines and details are awfully funny.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

(Manages) to transform what was formerly a campy bit of French fluff into one of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

(The Birdcage) delivers neither the laughs nor the heart of the original.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An American remake with plenty of new pizazz.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

The beauty of The Birdcage is that its jokes and its message are one and the same. These characters couldn't change themselves if they tried. And only a fool would want them to.

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