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La Cage aux Folles (1978)

La cage aux folles (original title)
R | | Comedy | 30 March 1979 (USA)
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership ... See full summary »

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Albin Mougeotte dit Zaza Napoli
Claire Maurier ...
Simone Deblon
Rémi Laurent ...
Carmen Scarpitta ...
Louise Charrier
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Luisa Maneri ...
Andréa Charrier
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Carlo Reali ...
Le videur
Guido Cerniglia ...
Le médecin
Angelo Pellegrino ...
Un assistant de la boîte de nuit
Nicola D'Eramo
Vinicio Diamanti
Liana Del Balzo ...
Mme Charrier
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Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the drag club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner. Written by Elisabeth Freeman <freeman-elisabeth@cs.yale.edu>

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The comedy that comes out of the closet!

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30 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Birds of a Feather  »

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Budget:

FRF 7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,709 (USA) (1 April 1979)

Gross:

$20,424,259 (USA)
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When released in 1978, it ranked as the highest-grossing foreign-language film ever in the United States. See more »

Quotes

Simon Charrier: How many mommies does your son have? Combien de mamans a votre fils?
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Referenced in Charles in Charge: La Cage Aux Fools (1990) See more »

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Better than its remake.
18 November 1999 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

I first saw La Cage Aux Folles after its American remake "The Birdcage". This was unfortunate because that meant the plot was already familiar to me. However, it was even more hilarious than its American version. The characters in the American version are nearly exact duplicates of their French counterparts. Somehow, the whole movie appears funnier in its original French (even though I don't speak French).

American audiences may like the remake better because the script was rewritten so that its humor was more topical. For instance, Gene Hackman's character is an obvious farce of Bob Dole, who was a prominent republican leader at the time. The French version contains a more generic conservative versus liberal dialogue.

However, if you can stand reading the translations, La Cage Aux Folles is well worth your time. I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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