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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels
... Julie
... Sandy
... Ron
... Les
... Jeff
... George Fields
... John Van Horn
... April
... Rita
... Jacqui
Peter Gatto ... Rick
... Jo
Ronald L. Schwary ... Phil Weintraub
... 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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17 December 1982 (USA)  »

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Would I Lie to You?  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$177,200,000
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Star Dustin Hoffman appears in drag in this major motion picture. This fact was blatantly promoted in the picture's promotions and publicity so most audiences already new the story element prior to seeing the film that Hoffmann would be appearing in the picture in drag. See more »

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Soaps tape well in advance of their air date. As the big reveal scene had to be done live, then how did the network and/or producers deal with all the shows where Dorothy is anyone other than Dorothy? Never brought up nor addressed - major plot hole, but like pulling the thread on a sweater, the ending would unravel. See more »

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Michael Dorsey: You know, I could lay a big line on you and we could do a lot of role-playing, but the simple truth is, is that I find you very interesting and I'd really like to make love to you.
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Dustin Hoffman is credited twice: Dustin Hoffman .... Michael Dorsey Dustin Hoffman .... Dorothy Michaels See more »

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Tootsie
(1982)
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Dave Grusin
Sung by Stephen Bishop
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The 2nd thing you do before you die. See 'Tootsie'!!
19 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

If there is 10 things I would advise my grandchildren to do in their life, watching this film is the 2nd. You think I'm joking though, I am not.

Over the years of cinema the entire trend of men in drag has been used, abused then labeled as being gay. For all you homo-phobics that think this is purely a 'girly flick' with cheeky unfunny drag gags, then stop right there. You couldn't be more wrong. I agree that a man dressing up in womens clothing is no longer a big deal and is never humorous, after centuries of it. This is the most witty, hilarious and relaxed movie that so many actors and directors have missed completely when dealing with the whole 'drag' subject.

The storyline is a hot tempered and highly opinionated out-of-work actor(Dustin Hoffman) is told by his agent (Sydney Pollack) in all kindness that nobody will hire him. He takes it upon himself to dress as a woman just so he is not recognized by those he has p'ed off in the past. From Michael Dorsey to Dorothy Michaels, Hoffman plays a woman with such a justice you forget she's not real. Just like everyone in the movie, you will fall for Tootsie head over heals!


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