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Tootsie (1982)

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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Sandy
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Ron
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Les
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Rita
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Jacqui
Peter Gatto ...
Rick
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Jo
Ronald L. Schwary ...
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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Would I Lie to You?  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$177,200,000 (USA)
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The poster just inside the door in Michael's apartment depicts an orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata). The poster belongs to a series of Swedish school posters produced in the first half of the 20th century showing Swedish flora. It was painted by the German scientific artist, Max Richter, under the supervision of Swedish botanist Gunnar Samuelsson. See more »

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When Julie and Dorothy are talking in Julie's kitchen, Julie's trousers change twice. See more »

Quotes

Les: [after falling for Dorothy, he discovers she's a man] Why'd you do it?
Michael Dorsey: I needed the work.
Les: The only reason you're still breathing is because I never kissed you.
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Dustin Hoffman is credited twice: Dustin Hoffman .... Michael Dorsey Dustin Hoffman .... Dorothy Michaels See more »

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Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

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I'll Know
(1950) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung a cappella by George Gaynes
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Classically funny!
30 January 2006 | by (Nyiregyhaza, Hungary) – See all my reviews

It's hard to deny this as a funny film, because it is so hilarious! I find myself still cracking up after all these years, each time I see it. I've seen it countless times, and it's still a great watch.

Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, an unemployed actor, who can't seem to get along with any director or writer in town. One day, he takes his friend, Sandy to audition for a part in a soap opera. She is turned down, and because he is so desperate for work, he dresses up like a woman, and goes in for the interview himself. He is hired because of his ( I mean, her) defiant attitude, and throughout the rest of the film, he is now known as, Dorothy Michaels.

The film is hysterical, and well-written. There is not a time that I've seen this film, where I didn't laugh or smile. It's light, but has some adult material that might not be appropriate for anyone under twelve. It's cute, and there's really not much more to it than that. I think everyone will love it, once they give it a chance.


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