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La Cage aux Folles

French poster
Directed by Édouard Molinaro
Starring Ugo Tognazzi
Michel Serrault
Release date(s) October 25, 1978 (1978-10-25)
Running time 110 minutes
Country France
Language French
Gross revenue $20,424,259

La Cage aux Folles is a 1978 film adaptation of the 1973 play by Jean Poiret. It was directed by Édouard Molinaro. Like the play, the film tells the story of a homosexual couple - Renato, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring transvestite entertainment, and Albin, his star attraction - and the adventures that ensue when Renato's son brings home his fiancee's ultra-conservative parents to meet them.

The film (subtitled "Birds of a Feather" on the US poster) won over audiences with its sight gags, uproarious complications, and a tender and touching conclusion. It played for well over a year at the Paris Theatre, an art house cinema in New York City, as well as theatres throughout the country in both urban and rural areas. For years it remained the most successful foreign film to be released in the United States.[1]

Unlike many other non-English language films, the English dubbing was done generally by the original cast.

The film score was composed by Ennio Morricone.



The film stars Michel Serrault as Albin, in the role he had created in the original stage production.

Sequels and remake

The film was followed by two sequels: Cage aux folles II (1980), also directed by Édouard Molinaro, and La Cage aux folles 3 - 'Elles' se marient (1985), directed by Georges Lautner.

A 1983 Broadway musical called La Cage aux Folles based on the play and the film was also successful.

During 1996, an American remake titled The Birdcage, directed by Mike Nichols, was released, relocated to South Beach, Miami, and starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

During 2008, a production of La Cage aux Folles opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London's West End. During October of the same year, it transferred to the Playhouse Theatre. Graham Norton was succeeded in the role of Albin/Zaza by John Barrowman in September 2009.


  1. ^ Foreign Languages Movies

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Preceded by
Autumn Sonata
Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film
Succeeded by


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