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Tootsie (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 December 1982 (USA)
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Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Belack ...
Peter Gatto ...
Ronald L. Schwary ...
Phil Weintraub
Mrs. Mallory


Michael Dorsey is an unemployed actor with an impossible reputation. In order to find work and fund his friend's play he dresses as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, and lands the part in a daytime drama. Dorsey loses himself in this woman role and essentially becomes Dorothy Michaels, captivating women all around the city and inspiring them to break free from the control of men and become more like Dorsey's initial identity. This newfound role, however, lands Dorsey in a hot spot between a female friend/'lover,' a female co-star he falls in love with, that co-star's father who falls in love with him, and a male co-star who yearns for his affection. Written by Bryan Kuniyoshi

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What do you get when you cross a hopelessly straight starving actor with a dynamite red sequined dress? You get America's hottest new actress. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Would I Lie to You?  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


$177,200,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While being profiled for "The Directors" series, Sydney Pollack claimed that Dustin Hoffman refused to continue working on the film unless Pollack played his agent. Pollack refused up until Hoffman's agent Michael Ovitz intervened and Pollack reconsidered. He later agreed to play the role. The scenes featuring Hoffman's and Pollack's characters were meant to reflect what happened behind the scenes between the two when they would argue. In fact, Hoffman and Pollack quarreled so furiously during filming that they never did another film together; while they did discuss mending fences in order to work on Rain Man (1988), ultimately Pollack declined the director's spot for that film, leading to the hiring of Barry Levinson. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, when Michael is auditioning for a part in various shows, the speaking voice of the director is exactly the same for each play. See more »


Michael Dorsey: You know, I could lay a big line on you and we could do a lot of role-playing, but the simple truth is, is that I find you very interesting and I'd really like to make love to you.
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Crazy Credits

Dustin Hoffman is credited twice: Dustin Hoffman .... Michael Dorsey Dustin Hoffman .... Dorothy Michaels See more »


That's All
(1952) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Bob Haymes
Music by Alan Brandt
Played on piano by Dustin Hoffman and sung by Charles Durning
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4 August 2003 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Possibly the best gender comedy of all time! Everything in this baby clicks: A script that is both clever, endearing and realistic in its depiction of the emotional transformation within Michael Dorsey, incredible acting performances (with Dustin Hoffman, Terri Garr and unbilled Bill Murray as standouts) and a great soundtrack that adds volumes to the mood of the film.

This is a 10! Watch it!

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