Sign in. See the list. Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.
He plays Nolan Mack, a mid-ranking employee at a poky provincial bank, who has been content to drift through his 60 years without asking for much, or fighting for anything at all. No one at the bank knows. His boss would certainly not approve.
Val's father, Armand Robin Williamsa gay Miami drag club owner, pretends to be straight and attempts to hide his relationship with Albert Nathan Lanehis life partner and the club's flamboyant star attraction, so as to please Barbara's father, controversial Republican Sen. Kevin Keeley Gene Hackman. Read More.
Scroll through the gallery to relive 20 moments that make The Birdcage a laugh riot to this day. Robin Williams may he rest and Nathan Lane are a comedic match made in heaven, which is why it's hard to imagine anyone else in the roles of nightclub owner Armand Goldman and his temperamental star and lover Albert. However, Steve Martin was originally cast as Armand with Williams as Albert, but scheduling conflicts forced Martin to drop out. Williams, who had recently triumphed in Mrs.
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Sitting tucked away in the kitchen corner dressed in a white butler suit too big for his body, Hank Azaria watched the late, great Robin Williams wipe out. The entirely unscripted fall was a signature moment in "The Birdcage," the beloved story of a conservative political scandal that interrupts the lives of a Miami drag club owner and his effeminate partner, and it took all of Azaria's willpower to keep from bursting out laughing at the shrimp-filled spill. Williams bounced back up in a split second and was rolling with the punches, riffing off Azaria's tears to deliver one of the film's most memorable soundbites.
Armand Goldman is the openly gay owner of a drag club in South Beach called The Birdcage; his life partner Albert, an effeminate and flamboyant man, plays "Starina", the star attraction of the club. They live together in an apartment above The Birdcage with Agador, their flamboyant Guatemalan housekeeper who dreams of being in Albert's drag show as well. One day, Armand's son Val born after Armand had a one-night stand with a woman named Katherine comes home to visit and announces that he has been seeing a young woman named Barbara, whom he intends to marry.
The movie that brought a political scandal into a Miami drag club to create a raucously hilarious comedy about an unorthodox family turned 20 years old this month. Written by Elaine May and directed by Mike Nichols, "The Birdcage" — an adaptation of the French film "La Cage Aux Folles" — allowed Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, two masters of improvisation, to thrive in their respective roles — Williams as Armand, the owner of the nightclub, and Lane as his romantic partner Albert, the effeminate and melodramatic entertainer. Two decades ago, the film paved the way for future depictions of gay lead characters onscreen. In honor of the film's anniversary, here are 20 fun facts everyone should know about "The Birdcage.
The Birdcage is one of those movies that I could just watch again and again. Twenty years later, I think the film is just as progressive for the gay community as it was in All Armand and Albert want is for their son, Val, to be happy — so Albert dresses up in drag for his family.