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Tootsie (1982)

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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:

Larry Gelbart (screenplay), Murray Schisgal (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Taglines:

Can you keep a secret? In the next 72 hours, this desperate, unemployed actor will secretly audition for the lead of a soap opera. And become America's hottest new actress. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,540,470, 19 December 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$177,200,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film lingered in development Hell for a year as producers waited on a revised script. As pre-production began, the film ran into additional delays when Dick Richards left the role of director due to "creative differences". He assumed the role of producer instead, being replaced by Hal Ashby, who was subsequently forced to leave the project by Columbia Pictures because of the threat of legal action if his post-production commitments on Lookin' to Get Out (1982) were not fulfilled. See more »

Goofs

In the party scene, when Michael (out of drag) meets Julie and lays "the line" on her, she throws a drink in his face. The drink hits the back of the man behind them. The man jumps, but doesn't turn around. When Michael turns to dry his face on the man's coat, the coat is dry - and Julie's glass still has champagne in it. See more »

Quotes

Sandy: I'm going to feel this way until I don't feel this way anymore.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

"Tootsie" was cut in the UK to remove one line of dialogue with the F word to receive a 'PG'. At that time there was no '12'certificate so uncut it would have got a '15'. For video it was classified '15' uncut. Since then the video has not be re-submitted for re-classification as a '12' so still carries a 30 year old '15' certificate with its 2016 Criterion release. See more »

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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by all at the party
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4 August 2003 | by PennyLANE77See all my reviews

Possibly the best gender comedy of all time! Everything in this baby clicks: A script that is both clever, endearing and realistic in its depiction of the emotional transformation within Michael Dorsey, incredible acting performances (with Dustin Hoffman, Terri Garr and unbilled Bill Murray as standouts) and a great soundtrack that adds volumes to the mood of the film.

This is a 10! Watch it!


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