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Tootsie (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  17 December 1982 (USA)
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An unemployed actor with a reputation for being difficult disguises himself as a woman to get a role in a soap opera.

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Les
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Storyline

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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This Christmas everyone will know that she's Dustin Hoffman and he's Tootsie. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Would I Lie to You?  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$177,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Though the working title for the film was originally "Would I Lie to You?", Dustin Hoffman suggested the title "Tootsie." Tootsie was the name of his mother's dog. See more »

Goofs

When Sandy comes over and surprises Dorothy in her apartment, she takes her coat off twice. See more »

Quotes

Sandy: A guy named Les is sending you flowers?
Michael Dorsey: Yes. He's a friend of mine. He can't eat candy. He's diabetic.
Sandy: Why is he thanking you for a lovely night in front of the fire.
Michael Dorsey: [long pause] My minds a blank.
Sandy: Micheal, are you gay?
Michael Dorsey: In what sense?
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Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

That's All
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Bob Haymes
Music by Alan Brandt
[Played on piano by Dustin Hoffman and sung by Charles Durning]
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Lange, Hoffman Fun To Watch In This Justifiable Hit Of Its Day
14 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's strange how seeing a man dressed up as a woman always seems to be funny and popular with the audiences. Milton Berle helped make television with skits like this on his early 1950s show. It works here, too, with Dustin Hoffman applying the makeup and playing the role to the hilt.

Helping Hoffman is Jessica Lange in, by far, her most attractive role. I'm not particularly a fan of hers but she looked spectacular in here, almost like Marilyn Monroe.

This was a popular film because the humor was good and the two leads did a nice job, and people like a good romance story, too. Hoffman, like him or not, is a fabulous, able to play so many diverse roles. He's an amazing actor.

Sometimes overlooked is the big-name supporting cast which includes Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, Bill Murray, Chares Durning and Geena Davis. The latter was making her screen debut in here!

This isn't as "cute" as it was 25 years ago but it sure was a justifiable bit hit back in the early '80s.


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