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1,072 Ratings

The Birdcage

Directed by Mike Nichols
United States, 1996
Comedy, LGBT+


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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The Birdcage Directed by Mike Nichols

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1997 | Nominee: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Writers Guild of America

1997 | Nominee: Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Screen)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

1997 | Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Cast

1997 | 2 nominations including: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1997 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

After two viewings, I confess no love for the other May project set in Miami Beach, The Birdcage (1996); she wrote the screenplay for this exhausting, ultra-nelly, Mike Nichols–directed remake of the gay farce La Cage aux Folles.
January 18, 2019
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Mike Nichols, a real director, nails The Birdcage, whose of-its-time (to say the least) sexual politics can’t be unpacked here at length here but which are staged with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-esque precision. The Birdcage splits the difference between manic Robin and the somber version; he rides the dial back and forth as the situation demands.
August 12, 2014
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Robin Williams (admirably restrained, apart from the dance medley you saw in the commercials) and Nathan Lane are in fine form, but their relationship is so completely devoid of passion that The Birdcage essentially becomes the farcical flipside of Philadelphia — a safe, wholesome film featuring gay characters that middle America can comfortably embrace (since they scarcely touch each other, and conform to accepted — and ludicrous — notions of who gays are ).
March 11, 1996
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