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The Birdcage (1996)

Director:
Mike Nichols

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Lånte fjær

RUNNING TIME
115 minutes

Producer:
Mike Nichols
Screenwriter:
Elaine May


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Armand Goldman Robin Williams
Senator Keeley Gene Hackman ½
Albert Nathan Lane ½
Louise Keeley Dianne Wiest
Val Goldman Dan Futterman
Barbara Keeley Calista Flockhart ½
Agador Hank Azaria ½
Katharine Christine Baranski ½

 

Review

Mike Nichols' The Birdcage is among the most pleasant surprises this year. It's a seemingly lightweight, quirky comedy where the queer meet the bourgeois, and where customs and conventions clash with themselves. Nichols has a message here, arguably an important one, but he's not afraid of messing about with it, even obscuring it. This is playful, humorous and clever from Nichols and screenwriter Elaine May, who works together for the first time in 30 years. And they populate their film with an abundance of talent in front of the camera, among whom Nathan Lane stands out.

Copyright © 22.2.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: © 30.03.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)