The birdcage

COME AS YOU ARE.

birdcageWhen Armand Goldman’s (Robin Williams) son is getting married to the daughter of an arch-conservative Republican senator (Gene Hackman), there is one detail that needs to be covered up – the fact that Armand is a gay club owner. This Americanized, Miami-set version of the French La Cage aux Folles (1978) and the original stage play is hardly groundbreaking stuff, but solid thanks to a funny script and a bright cast. Nathan Lane (in his screen breakthrough) and Hank Azaria are fun in their flamboyant parts; Hackman and Dianne Wiest very enjoyable as the right-wing couple. Hilarious digs at both conservative politics and the colorful drag show scene.

1996-U.S. 119 min. Color. Produced and directed by Mike Nichols. Screenplay: Elaine May. Cast: Robin Williams (Armand Goldman), Gene Hackman (Kevin Keeley), Nathan Lane (Albert Goldman), Dianne Wiest, Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski… Calista Flockhart.

Trivia: Steve Martin was allegedly considered for a lead role.

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