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Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Don McGuire (story by), Larry Gelbart (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Peter Gatto ... Rick
Lynne Thigpen ... Jo
Ronald L. Schwary ... Phil Weintraub
Debra Mooney ... Mrs. Mallory
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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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Desperate, he took a female role and became a star. If only he could tell the woman he loves. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Dorothy Michaels (Dustin Hoffman) tells April (Geena Davis) that she thinks of all the younger actresses as her daughters, and "What kind of mother would I be if I didn't give my girls...tips?" In a 2014 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Geena Davis recalled that since this was her first movie and she was very young and inexperienced (she didn't even know that she didn't have to come to the set on days when she wasn't shooting any scenes), Dustin Hoffman similarly acted as a mentor to Davis. One piece of advice he gave her was: "I know you're going to move to Hollywood and be successful, and your co-stars are going to hit on you, and you should not sleep with your co-stars. It's a bad idea. So here's what to say. When they hit on you, say, 'I would love to', be very flattering, 'but I'm afraid it would ruin the (on-screen) sexual tension between us.'" Davis said that she later used that tactic when Jack Nicholson hit on her, and Nicholson's response was, "Oh my god, where'd you get THAT? What a line. Oh, man!" See more »

Goofs

When Julie and Dorothy are talking in Julie's kitchen, Julie's trousers change twice. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: I don't like it when people come up to me after my plays and say, "I really dug your message, man." Or, "I really dug your play, man, I cried." You know. I like it when people come up to me the next day, or a week later, and they say, "I saw your play. What happened?"
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Original UK release was cut by 6 seconds to obtain a "PG" classification. Subsequently passed uncut with a "15" certificate. See more »

Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

That's All
(1952) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Bob Haymes
Music by Alan Brandt
Played on piano by Dustin Hoffman and sung by Charles Durning
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Dustin at one of his best moments
27 December 1999 | by All American GirlSee all my reviews

It's more than a movie about a man in drag and it's more than just a great movie. This movie goes to show that Dustin Hoffman is best at playing the oh-so-very-different characters. Whether it's his unforgettable character in Rainman or Michael Dorsey/Dorthy Michael in this, Dustin is at his best when he plays someone DIFFERENT, someone who is not your average person.

This film will make you laugh, that's for sure, but it'll also make you rethink about the things that really make you happy in your life, something too few of us think about...almost never.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Would I Lie to You? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,540,470, 19 December 1982

Gross USA:

$177,200,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,200,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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