The Birdcage


Film Info
Section:Open Space
LGBTQ Equality
Release Year:1996
Runtime:119 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Robin Williams
Gene Hackman
Nathan Lane
Dianne Wiest
Dan Futterman
Calista Flockhart
Director:Mike Nichols
Produced by:Mike Nichols
Screenwriter:Elaine May
Cinematography:Emmanuel Lubezki
Editing By:Arthur Schmidt
Music By:Mark Mothersbaugh
Jonathan Tunick


Take a trip to the fabulous 1990s South Beach drag scene in this hysterical romp from the great Mike Nichols. A Miami nightclub owner (Robin Williams) and his cross-dressing partner (Nathan Lane) are forced to play it straight when their son’s uber-religious and ultra-conservative in-laws-to-be (Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest) come calling. Nearly 20 years after its release, this heartfelt and offbeat delight remains a landmark work for bringing gay culture to mainstream audiences. As much an irresistibly witty piece of political satire as a tender story of family, the true beauty of “The Birdcage” is not its marvelous ensemble cast or its unforgettable characters, but its underlying belief in being proud of who you are. We pay tribute to the memories of Robin Williams and Mike Nichols with this screening.