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Tootsie (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 December 1982 (USA)
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Reviews: 181 user | 86 critic | 7 from Metacritic.com

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:
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Phil Weintraub
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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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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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Did You Know?


Producers hired Holly Woodlawn, a well-known transvestite, to coach Dustin Hoffman in the art of being a man acting as a woman. See more »


In the party scene, when Michael (out of drag) meets Julie and lays "the line" on her, she throws a drink in his face. The drink hits the back of the man behind them. The man jumps, but doesn't turn around. When Michael turns to dry his face on the man's coat, the coat is dry - and Julie's glass still has champagne in it. See more »


George Fields: You're too much trouble. Get some therapy.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Pitch (1997) See more »


It Might Be You
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Dave Grusin
Sung by Stephen Bishop
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9 October 2001 | by (NORTH WALES) – See all my reviews

Wow!, what a film anyone who has seen this film would definetly agree with me that this film touches you in so many different places. It's funny, sad but also appealing to so many different people. Dustin Hoffman is superb in it, so is Jessica Lange the way they act on set together is very amusing but when they are alone, it's always an emotional scene. Especially the scene in which Julie (Lange) throws a glass of champagne at him when he tries to come on to her at a party, it's so funny. Murray is also good as Hoffman's mixed-up flat mate. Sydney Pollack the director also takes a small role as Hoffman's Agent who unsuccesfully tries to find him work. The viewer sees the struggle of all the characters in their everyday life. There is also a touch of romance in the fim for the sentimentals in this world. The whole team bonds together to create a funny, imaginative film suitable for anyone who is in the mood for a laugh or a cry. I thouroughly reccomend it!!

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