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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) &
Murray Schisgal (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:
An unemployed actor with a reputation for being difficult disguises himself as a woman to get a role in a soap opera. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 31 wins & 28 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A shining comedy See more (166 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)
 
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
Jonathan Filley .... location manager
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)
Ezra Swerdlow .... location manager
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:R (PCA #26870) (rating later appealed) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:PG (re-rating)

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Trivia:
During the credit sequence Sydney Pollack provides the voice of the unseen play director who tells Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), "We're looking for someone older," then, "We're looking for someone younger," and finally, "We're looking for someone else."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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Soundtrack:
It Might Be YouSee more »

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43 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A shining comedy, 3 August 2005
Author: IkuharaKunihiko from Croatia, Europe

Michael, an unemployed actor in New York, takes desperate measures by dressing up as a woman called Dorothy Michaels and gets a job at an TV soap opera, where he falls in love with Julie. But how to tell her that he is actually a man...?

Winner of 3 Golden Globes ( Best movie comedy/musical, best actors Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange ) and one Oscar ( Best actress Jessica Lange ), "Tootsie" is a small masterpiece of intelligent comedy, full of emotions, love and interesting observations about the relationship between women and men.

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The situations are deliciously written. Just take the scene where Dorothy is auditioning for the role in the TV soap opera but is turned down because she is "too soft". Her response is gold: "Yes, I know what you want! You want some gross caricature of a woman to prove some idiotic point, like power makes women masculine, or masculine women are ugly...! Well, shame on you, you macho sh*t a**!" When later asked from the producer if she was just acting when she said that or if she was natural, she responded: "Which answer will get me the job?" Needless to say she got the job that instant, and a special place in my heart. But the best scenes are the ones where Dorothy is constantly improvising on the set, like when she was supposed to say to a woman who was beaten up by her man to take a therapy, but instead decided to tell that she would never let a man raise his hand on her( and then she threw a vase of flowers into the wall! ). Wonderful fun! Billy Wilder would be proud!

Dustin Hoffman is pure genius, more as a woman then as a man, as are Terri Garr and Bill Murray, before his critical fame with "Lost in translation" and "Broken flowers". "Tootsie" is quite simply a classic all the way through!

Grade: 10/10

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