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
Dustin Hoffman claimed that after playing Tootsie for the first time he went home, burst into tears and confessed to his wife that playing a woman forced him to confront his own sexist perceptions of women he never realized he had. See more »
When Julie and Dorothy are talking in Julie's kitchen, Julie's trousers change twice. See more »
[after falling for Dorothy, he discovers she's a man]
Why'd you do it?
I needed the work.
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 »
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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