La Cage aux Folles (film)

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La Cage aux Folles
La Cage aux Folles (film).jpg
French release poster
Directed by Édouard Molinaro
Produced by Marcello Danon
Screenplay by
Based on La Cage aux Folles 
by Jean Poiret
Music by Ennio Morricone[1]
Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi
Edited by
  • Monique Isnardon
  • Robert Isnardon
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 25 October 1978 (1978-10-25)
Running time
91 minutes[2]
  • France
  • Italy
  • French
  • Italian
Budget $1.1 million
Box office $20.4 million[3]

La Cage aux Folles is a 1978 Franco-Italian comedy film and the first film adaptation of Jean Poiret's 1973 play La Cage aux Folles. It is co-written and directed by Édouard Molinaro and stars Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault.


Like the play, the film tells the story of a gay couple – Renato Baldi (Ugo Tognazzi), the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin Mougeotte (Michel Serrault), his star attraction – and the madness that ensues when Renato's son, Laurent (Rémi Laurent), brings home his fiancée, Andrea (Luisa Maneri), and her ultra-conservative parents (Carmen Scarpitta and Michel Galabru) to meet them.



Box office[edit]

As of 2014, La Cage aux Folles has remained the No. 10.[4] foreign film released in the United States of America.

Critical response[edit]

The film received critical acclaim. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 100% rating based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10.[5]

At the 52nd Academy Awards, the film was nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Costume Design, but it didn't win in any category.



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

Musical adaptation[edit]

A 1983 Broadway musical of the same name based on the play and the film was also successful.

American remake[edit]

In 1996, an American remake titled The Birdcage, directed by Mike Nichols and written by Elaine May, was released, relocated to South Beach, Miami, and stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

Adam and Yves[edit]

La Cage aux Folles caught the attention of television producer Danny Arnold, who in 1979 pitched the concept of a weekly series about a gay couple similar to the one in the film to ABC. His planned title was Adam and Yves, a play on both Adam and Eve and a slogan used by some anti-gay groups. After months in development, Arnold realized that the concept was unsustainable as a weekly series, which led to the show getting dropped.[6]


  1. ^ Hinckley, David (January 21, 2001). "Is Ennio Morricone cinema's greatest living composer?". Daily News. New York. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "BIRDS OF A FEATHER (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES) (AA)". British Board of Film Classification. 30 January 1980. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  3. ^ La Cage aux Folles at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ Foreign Language Movies at the Box Office. Box Office Mojo.
  5. ^ "La Cage aux Folles (1979)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Tropiano, p. 252
  • Tropiano, Stephen (2002). The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV. Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. ISBN 978-1-55783-557-4. 

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