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Tootsie (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, 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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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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Desperate, he took a female role and became a star. If only he could tell the woman he loves. See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Would I Lie to You?  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$177,200,000 (USA)

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To prepare for his role, Dustin Hoffman watched La Cage aux Folles (1978) several times. He also visited the set of General Hospital (1963) for research, and conducted extensive make-up tests. See more »


When Dorothy is in Julie's flat trying to calm a wailing child by holding it in her arms and running around in circles, the baby isn't actually crying at all. See more »


Julie: [answering phone] Hello?
Dorothy Michaels: That's a corncob.
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Dustin Hoffman is credited twice: Dustin Hoffman .... Michael Dorsey Dustin Hoffman .... Dorothy Michaels See more »


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Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Dave Grusin
Sung by Stephen Bishop
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The 2nd thing you do before you die. See 'Tootsie'!!
19 May 2005 | by (U.K.) – See all my reviews

If there is 10 things I would advise my grandchildren to do in their life, watching this film is the 2nd. You think I'm joking though, I am not.

Over the years of cinema the entire trend of men in drag has been used, abused then labeled as being gay. For all you homo-phobics that think this is purely a 'girly flick' with cheeky unfunny drag gags, then stop right there. You couldn't be more wrong. I agree that a man dressing up in womens clothing is no longer a big deal and is never humorous, after centuries of it. This is the most witty, hilarious and relaxed movie that so many actors and directors have missed completely when dealing with the whole 'drag' subject.

The storyline is a hot tempered and highly opinionated out-of-work actor(Dustin Hoffman) is told by his agent (Sydney Pollack) in all kindness that nobody will hire him. He takes it upon himself to dress as a woman just so he is not recognized by those he has p'ed off in the past. From Michael Dorsey to Dorothy Michaels, Hoffman plays a woman with such a justice you forget she's not real. Just like everyone in the movie, you will fall for Tootsie head over heals!

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