Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, 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
Jessica Lange is one of twenty-six actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy, hers being for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. See more »
Julie throws the flowers that Dorothy gives her on the table twice. See more »
[Sandy has seen Michael going into his apartment dressed as Dorothy, and she thinks this means he's having an affair with a woman]
Sandy, I'm not having an affair with the woman who went into my apartment earlier, alright? It's impossible.
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Dustin Hoffman is credited twice: Dustin Hoffman .... Michael Dorsey Dustin Hoffman .... Dorothy Michaels See more »
Original UK release was cut by 6 seconds to obtain a "PG" classification. Subsequently passed uncut with a "15" certificate. See more »
Although this is Hoffman's film (and he's very good), Jessica Lange steals the show as Julie. Charles Durning adds another great performance to this growing gallery as Lange's old man. Terri Garr is bearable for a change and there is a slew of interesting character performances, especially by the director Sydney Pollack.
A 7 out of 10. Best performance = Jessica Lange. A comedy that has not dated (Bill Murray is also exceptional). I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this New York tale. Hoffman deserved his Oscar nomination and I'm glad Lange won a supporting Oscar since she lost to Mess Streep instead of winning for FRANCES.
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