Director: Mike Nichols
Runtime: 117 minutes
TV Rating: TVMA
The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and stars Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, and Dianne Wiest. Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and Christine Baranski appear in supporting roles. The script was written by Elaine May. It is a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film, La Cage aux Folles, by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, starring Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.
Val Goldman and Barbara Keeley are engaged to be married, and wish to have their families meet. Val’s father, Armand, owns The Birdcage, a South Beach drag club. His domestic partner is Albert, who appears regularly as “Starina,” the show’s star drag queen. Barbara’s father is ultraconservative Republican Ohio Senator Kevin Keeley, who is seeking re-election as the co-founder of the “Coalition for Moral Order”. Fearing their reaction if they learn the truth about Val’s parents, Barbara tells her parents that Armand is a cultural attachÃ© to Greece, that Albert is a housewife, and that they divide their time between Greece and Florida; she also changes the family’s last name from Goldman to Coleman to hide their Jewish background.