La Cage aux Folles (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

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La Cage aux Folles (1979)




Critic Consensus: La Cage aux Folles is a fine French-Italian farce with flamboyant, charming characters and deep laughs.

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In this film, Renato is the owner of a Saint Tropez nightclub. Renato's son Laurent has lied about his father's profession and "persuasion" so as not to offend his fiancee's father. When Laurent's fiancee and her father visit, Renato and his lover desperately try to "butch up" their relationship.

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Ugo Tognazzi
as Renato Baldi
Michel Serrault
as Albin Mougeotte
Michel Galabru
as Simon Charrier
Claire Maurier
as Simone Deblon
Rémi Laurent
as Laurent Baldi
Carmen Scarpitta
as Louise Charrier
Luisa Maneri
as Andréa Charrier
Venantino Venantini
as Le chauffeur de Charrier
Carlo Reali
as Le videur
Guido Cerniglia
as Le médecin
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Critic Reviews for La Cage aux Folles

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

As an artifact, La Cage Aux Folles remains fascinating. As a film... Well, it plays like a fascinating artifact. Though pokily staged up to its final act, it manages some real laughs.

September 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

The comic turns in the plot are achieved with such clockwork timing that sometimes we're laughing at what's funny and sometimes we're just laughing at the movie's sheer comic invention. This is a great time at the movies.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's clear that if it hadn't been for the work of the actors, the satire and possible critique would have vanished in an instant. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 5, 2019 | Full Review…

This adaptation of Jean Poiret's play is as moving as it is hilarious in its depiction of moral hypocrisy and familial love.

April 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Charming and frothy, the movie proves to be about as tame as any old-fashioned bedroom farce, which of course went a long way toward allowing it to be embraced by Americans who generally steered clear of foreign films, gay films, and gay foreign films.

October 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Renato and Albin shared the same hopes and fears as heterosexual parents and (were) both willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of their child.

September 9, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La Cage aux Folles


Decent movie overall, maybe I'd have enjoyed it more if it watched back when it first came out because, like with another old French comedy La Chevre, I thought this movie was only sporadically funny. There's some really funny scenes here, but there's also a whole lot of nothing in between those funny scenes. Michel Serrault is really entertaining in his role but it wasn't enough to make it good and, realistically, he was the main reason to watch this movie. And seeing how he interacts with the more conservative couple. Really it feels just like a sitcom, quite frankly. It's not bad and while it did nothing for me, I'm completely aware that others would probably enjoy this movie more than I did.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer


This film along with the later "Birdcage" should be compulsory viewing for all late teen agers at school. I found both films enjoyable but then I had already been to see the Stage show the films are based on, about 22 times at latest count. The show/film is a study of true love between two gay men being tried and tested and shown to be true. I can recommend both films, but I do SO wish they would make a true film of the stage show, after all, the story the film is based on is actually a Musical. Remember, the Supreme Gay Anthem << "I am what I am!" >> is taken from the musical stage production. Watch either of the two films and come away with satisfaction, see the stage show and weep with joy. Having said all of that, I did find "La Cage 2" made me cringe a bit. sorry.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


This is a really good movie about tolerance that's most valuable for the boundaries that it pushed. In places absolutely hilarious and in other places very touching, this is a slow-mover which loses most of its points for its use of drag near the end - it's just way too obvious that Albin will dress up like Laurent's mother, and that classically French comedic chaos will ensue. Still, one that's well worth watching, Michel Serrault's performance as three characters is outstanding.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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