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The Birdcage

The Birdcage

Robin Williams
Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Robin Williams
Robin Williams
, Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
, Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
Mike Nichols
The Birdcage

The Birdcage

Robin Williams
Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Robin Williams
Robin Williams
, Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
, Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
Mike Nichols

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Director Mike Nichols teams up with his former partner/screenwriter Elaine May for the first time in many years and for the first time together in films to create this sophisticated, remake of the phenomenally popular French musical farce La Cage aux Folles that stars Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Diane Wiest as two dramatically disparate couples who manage to reconcile their vast differences for the sake of their children who are getting married. Williams plays Armand Goldman, the owner of a popular South Beach drag club known for putting on elaborate showcases starring his long-time lover/wife Albert (Lane) who appears as "Starina." Lately poor flamboyant, flighty Albert has been in crisis over the inexorable onset of middle age. He has been moody, paranoid and unbearably. When he gets too inconsolably distraught, handsome but clumsy houseboy Agador quietly slips Albert "Pirin" tablets (which he explains to Armand are simply Aspirin tablets with the "as" scraped off). Still though Albert can be a royal pain, Armand dearly loves him and the two live happily in their splendiferous apartment above the club. One day Armand's son Val (the result of Armand's single foray into straight sex) comes visiting with joyous news: he has found his dreamgirl and is getting married. The only trouble is, Barbara Keeley's father is the blustery ultra-religious right-wing Senator Keeley (Hackman), the founder of the Coalition for Moral Order. Senator Keeley and his colleagues are not as upright as they seem and when his closest associate is found dead beside a black, underage prostitute, Keeley finds his house surrounded by ravenous newshounds, hungry for dirt. Knowing that they are poised to ruin him, Keeley and his proper but slightly addled-wife (Wiest) decide that a big, elaborate, church wedding will be just the ticket to save his reputation. Barbara has neglected to tell them that Val's parents are gay, preferring to claim that they are members of the South Beach social elite. In a panic, she panics and calls Val who breaks the bad news to Armand and begs him to make the apartment less flamboyant and worst of all to hide Albert (who functioned as Val's mother while the youth grew up) during the visit. Armand is angry, but loving his son, finally, reluctantly agrees, knowing that he will deeply wound his companion. Unfortunately, Albert finds out and as a compromise tries to learn how to be macho so he can pretend to be Val's uncle, he is too much the Great Dame to ever pass as one of the guys and so is banned from the party. Armand then locates Catherine and asks her to masquerade as his wife. She agrees to show up later that evening. Meanwhile their friends busily redecorate the apartment until it looks as if it were done in "Early Inquisition." During the fateful dinner party, Catherine is late and Albert gets uproarious revenge. Achingly comic chaos ensues as Armand tries to hold the increasingly tenuous evening together while outside the newshounds bay and threaten to make even more trouble for Senator Keely.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2014
UPC: 0883904301677
Original Release: 1996
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 9,376

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Armand Goldman
Gene Hackman Senator Keeley
Nathan Lane Albert Goldman / Starina
Dianne Wiest Louise Keeley
Hank Azaria Agador
Dan Futterman Val Goldman
Calista Flockhart Barbara Keeley
Christine Baranski Katharine
Tom McGowan Harry Radman
Grant Heslov Photographer
Kirby Mitchell Chauffeur
James Lally Cyril
Luis Camacho Goldman Girl
Scott Kaske Goldman Girl
Tim Kelleher Waiter in Club
Ann Cusack TV Woman in Van
Stanley de Santis TV Man in Van
J. Roy Helland Club Hostess
Anthony Giaimo Fishmonger
Lee Delano Bakery Man
Barry Nolan TV Reporter
Herschel Sparber Big Guy in Park
Brian Reddy TV Editor
Jim Jansen TV Editor
Marjorie Lovett Matron
Sylvia Short Matron
Rabbi Robert K. Baruch Rabbi
Dorothy Constantine Keeley's Maid
Francesca Cruz Katharine's Secretary
Andres Fuentes Goldman Girls
Anthony Richard Gonzalez Goldman Girls
Dante Lamar Henderson Goldman Girls
James Hill TV Reporter
Mike Kinsley TV Host
Mary Major TV Reporter
Trina McGee-Davis Black Girl On TV
James H. Morrison Pastor
Ronald Pitts TV Reporter
John Pontrelli Waiter In Cafe
Steven Porfido State Trooper
Amy Powell TV Reporter
Al Rodrigo Latino Man In Club
David Sage Senator Eli Jackson
Tony Snow TV Host
Kevin Stea Goldman Girls
Luca Tommassini Celsius
Madeleine Lee Gilford Actor

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director,Producer
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
Marcello Danon Executive Producer
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Syd Dutton Special Effects
Rodrigo García Camera Operator
Sean Haworth Set Decoration/Design
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Michele Imperato Associate Producer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Neil Machlis Executive Producer
Elaine May Screenwriter
James McCoy Makeup
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Peter Owen Makeup
Vincent Paterson Choreography
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Bill Taylor Special Effects
Joel Tuber Asst. Director
Jonathan Tunick Score Composer
Robert W. Welch Production Designer

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