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The Birdcage 1996

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Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane and Dianne Wiest lead the laughs in this wild comedy that insists you don't have to be a woman to be a mother.

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Robin Williams, Nathan Lane
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1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Mike Nichols
Starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane
Supporting actors Gene Hackman, Diane Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski, Tom McGowan
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Jose R. Perez on June 9, 2002
Format: DVD
American audiences flocked to this remake of the French classic, "La Cage Aux Folles" - perhaps the funniest comedy ever released in ANY language. It's no surprise that the US viewer could easily lose his or herself in this laugh riot, especially with the incomparable Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in starring roles. Lane is delicious here as the top billed female impersonator and star at Birdcage, a drag extravaganza club owned by his better half Williams. While Williams tones down his Mork routine and actually softens as a result, as funny as he his, Lane steals the movie, with a warm, knowing performance that ranks up there with STeve Martin in "All of Me" as one of the best comedic works ever on film. Dan Futterman (brilliant in "Urbania") plays Williams' son with the right mix of charm and apprehension, while Calista Flockhart (yes, Ally McBeal herself) is strong as his fiance. And that's Hank Azaria (of "The Simpsons" and the ex-Mr. Helen Hunt) as the butler, in a HYSTERICAL mode. Gene Hackman is a hoot as the bride-to-be's right-wing Jesse Helms-like character...and his final scene in drag (think Robert Preston in "Victor Victoria" mixed with Martin Landau in "Ed Wood") alone deserved Oscar consideration. Both Hackman and Lane were robbed at Award time, unlike Ugo Tognazzi (who played the Robin Williams role in the original) who scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Williams doesn't come close to achieving Tognazzi's utter sincerity and charm, but the movie works regardless.
If you've seen and enjoyed the "Birdcage" do yourself a HUGE favor - suspend all fears about reading subtitles and rent thyself "La Cage Aux Folles" (part ONE, not part TWO, which is a poor continuation.
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You will laugh until your sides hurt and you will rewind scenes two or three times ! This film is loaded with catchy phrases and scenes that keep popping into your thoughts and make you giggle, despite your attempts to think of something-else. You will never forget the Butler / House Boy....ever--"Agadore Spartacus" steals scene after scene, as (Robin Williams) struggles to maintain his sanity and composure, while fending-off Emotional Outbursts and Episodes of Self/Relationship Doubt from his transvestite Partner, (Nathan Lane). The plot revolves around "their" son getting married and not being able to deal with certain "issues," concerning his "parents." He is marrying (Alley McBeal), whose parents are Right-Wing Politicians.... thus, the "Issues."
I have seen "The Birdcage" many, many times & I know children love the movie (they will watch it repeatedly). Couples will find lines from the film invading their daily conversations. When I watch it, with my girlfriend, we have weeks of fun from one viewing! This is just one of those fun-filled, hilarious films, that even homophobic men can't resist. You will laugh, Nathan Lane will cry....and you will do poor imitations of "Agadore Spartacus" for weeks afterward. Enjoy !
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One of the funniest movies that I have seen in ages! Robin Williams is not the funny one here, it is Nathan Lane's character, Albert, that gets the most laughs. This movie has made me a life-long Nathan Lane fan. Both Williams (whose character is Armand Goldman) and Lane play gay men, with William's role being the dominant or male character. Since I am not gay, it is hard for me to define gender definitions of gay couples, but in this movie, there can be no missing the fact that Lane is the female side of the couple. When William's son comes to tell Dad of his impending marriage to a young woman (played admirably by Calista Flockhart) and to plead with Dad to pretend to be straight when he meets the girl's parents, as her father is a very straightlaced Senator in D.C.(played by Gene Hackman),trouble starts, in the form of hurt feelings and feelings of rejection to the other member of the relationship, namely, Albert. All kinds of solutions are considered to try and work him in to the charade, but he is so blatantly what he is, a gay man who is a female impersonator, but more female in his real self image than he is male, then it is nigh on to impossible to have him pose as an "uncle" or any male person, though he does try to adapt, with a few lessons on "maleness" from Armand, but he is incapable of being anything other than what he is, so they don't know what to do with him, how to explain him, and he refuses to just go away and be quiet until the wedding is over.
The ensuing struggle between the characters to remain true to who they are and each other, and yet not mess things up for the young couple is hilarious! The supporting actors are as good as the stars in this movie.
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There are comedies out there that are fun to watch every now and then, and we still get a chuckle from them. But The Birdcage is on of those rare films that no matter how many times I see it, I still laugh like crazy. Mike Nichols made a really good film here, with Robin Williams as a gay nightclub owner and his partner Nathan Lane as the club's transvestite star. Then there is the butler, Adagar Spartacus, who keeps falling down because he is not used to wearing shoes. He steals the show, even from Williams.
William's son comes home from school, and tells his father that he is getting married to a girl(played by a pre-"Ally McBeal" Callista Flockheart). She is going to bring her parents with her to meet his, but there is a catch. Her father is an ultra-conservative politician(Gene Hackman, who is also terrific here). So it is up to Williams to make sure he can pass as a straight man, and set up the apartment in a "non-gay" way, and get rid of Nathan Lane's character for the duration of the visit. Of course, things fall apart, and mishaps are abound here culminating in one of the most funny scenes I have ever seen in my life.(For those of you who have seen the movie, you know the very funny ending I'm talking about involving Gene Hackman) Nathan Lane is also great as a very feminine man, you can hardly believe when he is dressed up in drag talking that he is man. Of course, he is very sensitive, and he throws temper tantrums, gets upset over broken toast, and is a joy to watch.
What I also liked about the film is it teaches tolerance and understanding, amd that being yourself is nothing to be ashamed of, no matter who you are. This film accomplishes many things: making a film audiences will love everywhere, and teaching respect and understanding at the same time.
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