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Tootsie -- Dustin Hoffman shines as a struggling actor who becomes a TV star and finds true love - by dressing as a woman!
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Tootsie -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Larry Gelbart (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
17 December 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Little did this desperate, out of work actor know when he secretly auditioned for a female role that he'd become the hottest star on television. Not even the girl he's madly in love with knows that he's Tootsie. See more »
Plot:
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 30 wins & 23 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
They Don't Get Better Than This See more (192 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels

Jessica Lange ... Julie

Teri Garr ... Sandy

Dabney Coleman ... Ron

Charles Durning ... Les

Bill Murray ... Jeff

Sydney Pollack ... George Fields

George Gaynes ... John Van Horn

Geena Davis ... April

Doris Belack ... Rita

Ellen Foley ... Jacqui
Peter Gatto ... Rick

Lynne Thigpen ... Jo
Ronald L. Schwary ... Phil Weintraub

Debra Mooney ... Mrs. Mallory
Amy Lawrence ... Amy
Kenny Sinclair ... Boy

Susan Merson ... Page
Michael Ryan ... Middle-Aged Man
Robert D. Wilson ... Stage Hand
James Carruthers ... Middle-Aged Man

Estelle Getty ... Middle-Aged Woman

Christine Ebersole ... Linda

Bernie Pollack ... Actor #1
Sam Stoneburner ... Actor #2
Marjorie Lovett ... Salesgirl
Willy Switkes ... Man at Cab
Gregory Camillucci ... Maitre d'
Barbara Spiegel ... Billie
Tony Craig ... Joel Spector
Walter Cline ... Bartender
Suzanne von Schaack ... Party Girl (as Suzanne Von Schaack)
Anne Shropshire ... Mrs. Crawley
Pamela Lincoln ... Secretary

Mary Donnet ... Receptionist
Bernie Passeltiner ... Mac
Mallory Jones ... Girl #1
Patti Cohane ... Girl #2
Murray Schisgal ... Party Guest

Greg Gorman ... Photographer
Anne Prager ... Acting Student
John Carpenter ... First Actor
Bob Levine ... Second Actor
Richard Whiting ... Priest

Jim Jansen ... Stage Manager #2
Susan Egbert ... Diane
Kas Self ... Acting Student

Tom Mardirosian ... Stage Manager
Richard Wirth ... Mel - Technical Director
Gavin Reed ... Director

Annie Korzen ... Autograph Hound
Ibbits Warriner ... Autograph Hound
Lois De Banzie ... Autograph Hound (as Lois de Banzie)
Stephen Prutting ... Autograph Hound (as Stephen C. Prutting)
Carole Holland ... Autograph Hound
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tobin Bell ... Waiter (uncredited)
Phillip Borsos ... (uncredited)
Cassandra Danz ... Hoffman Look-Alike at TV Audition (uncredited)
Jim Dratfield ... Acting Student (uncredited)
Paul E. Guskin ... Pavel - Waiter in Russian Tea Room (uncredited)

John Kapelos ... Actor at Party (uncredited)

Gene Shalit ... Himself (uncredited)

Andy Warhol ... Himself (uncredited)
Joyce Worsley ... Shocked Bystander as Dorothy Grabs a Cab (uncredited)

Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
 
Writing credits
Larry Gelbart (screenplay) &
Murray Schisgal (screenplay)

Don McGuire (story) and
Larry Gelbart (story)

Robert Garland  uncredited
Barry Levinson  uncredited
Elaine May  uncredited

Produced by
Charles Evans .... executive producer
Sydney Pollack .... producer
Dick Richards .... producer
Ronald L. Schwary .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
William Steinkamp 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Peter S. Larkin  (as Peter Larkin)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas C. Tonery  (as Tom Tonery)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Joseph Coscia .... hair stylist (as Joe Coscia)
C. Romania Ford .... makeup artist (as C. Romaina Ford)
Tony Marrero .... hair stylist
George Masters .... makeup created by: Mr. Hoffman
George Masters .... makeup designed by: Mr. Hoffman
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist: Ms Lang (as Dorothy Pearl)
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup created by: Mr. Hoffman (as Dorothy Pearl)
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup designed by: Mr. Hoffman (as Dorothy Pearl)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist: Ms. Lange (as Toni Walker)
Allen Weisinger .... makeup: Mr. Hoffman
 
Production Management
Gerald R. Molen .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ann Egbert .... dga trainee
David McGiffert .... assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... second assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
 
Art Department
William Lucek .... scenic artist
Jimmy Raitt .... property master
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Tod A. Maitland .... boom man (as Tod Maitland)
Tom McCarthy Jr. .... sound effects: Effective Sounf Unlimited
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden .... sound effects: Effective Sounf Unlimited (as Don Walden)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Green .... camera first assistant
Brian Hamill .... unit still photographer
Mike Miller .... key grip (as Michael Miller)
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer (as Dick Quinlan)
Scott Rathner .... camera second assistant
Bob Rose .... key grip
William H. Steiner .... camera operator (as Bill Steiner)
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Raymond Fortune .... electrician (uncredited)
Charles Meere III .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew D. Schwartz .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer: re-shoots (uncredited)
Steve Stafford .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenji Takama .... camera intern (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Nichols .... costumer: women's
Franke Piazza .... costumer: men's
Bernie Pollack .... costume supervisor
Susan Gammie .... costumes by (segment: "Diabolique") (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Brochu .... assistant editor
Jill Savitt .... assistant editor
Nancy Weizer .... assistant editor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... editor: montage (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Jonathan Filley .... location manager
Ezra Swerdlow .... location manager
 
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain (as Whitey McEvoy)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Renee Bodner .... script supervisor
Carey Bozanich .... production assistant
Stephanie Brooks .... production assistant
Tommy Burns .... production assistant (as Tom Burns)
Crin Connolly .... assistant: to Sydney Pollack
Justin Cooke .... production assistant
Lee Gottsegen .... assistant: to Dustin Hoffman
Ann Guerin .... unit publicist
Harriette Kanew .... assistant production office coordinator
Tony Lani .... production assistant
Peter Lombardi .... assistant auditor (as Pete Lombardi)
Bruce Patterson .... production office coordinator
Ken Ryan .... auditor
David Sardi .... production assistant
Karl F. Steinkamp .... production assistant (as Karl Steinkamp)
Gary Vermillion .... production assistant
Sally Brim .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alan Jacques .... projectionist (uncredited)
Tom Schurke .... video playback engineer (uncredited)
Holly Woodlawn .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
116 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:S | France:U | Netherlands:AL | Norway:7 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In an interview for the American Film Institute, Dustin Hoffman said that he was shocked that although he could be made-up to appear as a credible woman, he would never be a beautiful one. He said that he had an epiphany when he realized that although he found this woman interesting, he would not have spoken to her at a party because she was not beautiful and that as a result he had missed out on many conversations with interesting women. He concluded that he had never regarded the film as a comedy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Julie and Dorothy are talking in Julie's kitchen, Julie's trousers change 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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47 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
They Don't Get Better Than This, 16 May 2005
Author: Jon P. (prodigaljon@hotmail.com) from Ottawa, On

Remember when comedies used to be actual movies with actual stories with actual points and the funny just flowed out of them, instead of just a flimsy excuse to string together jokes and funny scenes and stock situations? Yeah, me too. What happened?

If you're in the mood for a great movie that will get you to cough up a boatload of honest laughs, then you ain't gonna do better than TOOTSIE. You are not going to find a better written, acted, and directed comedy anywhere. There are plenty as good - but none better. This is a career highpoint for all involved, and when "all" includes names such as Sydney Pollack and Dustin Hoffman, you know that's a sentiment that carries some significant weight.

And it just reaffirms the old adage that every single comedy should have Bill Murray in it.

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