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 Édouard Molinaro
Francis Veber
Marcello Danon
Jean Poiret
Based on La Cage aux Folles 
by Jean Poiret
Starring Ugo Tognazzi
Michel Serrault
Music by Ennio Morricone[1]
Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi
Edited by Monique Isnardon
Robert Isnardon
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • October 25, 1978 (1978-10-25)
Running time
97 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget FRF 7,000,000
($1.4 million USD)
Box office $20,424,259[2]

La Cage aux Folles is a 1978 French-Italian film adaptation of the 1973 play La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret. It is co-written and directed by Édouard Molinaro and stars Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault. In Italian it is known as Il vizietto.


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.



For years, the film remained the No. 1 foreign film to be released in the United States;[citation needed] as of 2014, it is No. 10.[3]

The film holds a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]

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

Sequels and remake[edit]

The film was followed by two sequels: La 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 of the same name based on the play and the film was also successful.

In 1996, an American remake titled The Birdcage, directed by Mike Nichols, 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.[5]


  1. ^ Hinckley, David (January 21, 2001). "Is Ennio Morricone cinema's greatest living composer?". Daily News (New York). Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ La Cage aux Folles at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Foreign Language Movies at the Box Office. Box Office Mojo.
  4. ^ La Cage aux Folles at Rotten Tomatoes
  5. ^ 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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