Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
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
One of the movie's main trailers includes some pick-up shots such as of actorial promotional photographs of actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), and film footage actually not seen in the picture itself. See more »
When Jessica Lange throws a drink in Dustin Hoffman's face, the drink can be seen splattered over the back of the man standing behind Hoffman. In the next scene, Hoffman walks up to this man and uses the back of the man's suit jacket to dry off his face. The jacket is now clearly dry. See more »
The 2nd thing you do before you die. See 'Tootsie'!!
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
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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