The Birdcage, 1996


Mike Nichols


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Miami: Flights: Miami International Airport

The Carlyle, 1250 Ocean Drive at 13th Street (tel: 305.531.3238)


See more of Miami Beach in There’s Something About Mary and Brian De Palma’s Scarface.

The French original, La Cage Aux Folles, was set in the glitzy resort of St Tropez on the French Riviera

The Birdcage location: The 'Birdcage Club': The Carlyle, Miami Beach

The Birdcage location: The ‘Birdcage Club’: The Carlyle, Miami Beach

This Hollywood remake of the Seventies French farce La Cage Aux Folles uses the plot as a blunt instrument to clobber the hypocritical mores of the supposed Moral Majority.

Robin Williams is surprisingly restrained as the butch half of a gay partnership while Nathan Lane whoops and squeals as the undisguisable queen.

Worth seeing alone for the sight of Gene Hackman in drag. The locale is transposed from St Tropez in the South of France to the wonderful Art Deco district of South Miami Beach.

The ‘Birdcage Club’ itself is actually the splendid Carlyle, a condominium hotel, 1250 Ocean Drive at 13th Street.

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