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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's Tootsie... She's Dustin Hoffman See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The crew would only give bad news to Dustin Hoffman if he was in drag. They said he was "much nicer as a woman". See more »

Goofs

When Jessica Lange throws a drink in Dustin Hoffman's face, the drink can be seen splattered over the back of the man standing behind Hoffman. In the next scene, Hoffman walks up to this man and uses the back of the man's suit jacket to dry off his face. The jacket is now clearly dry. See more »

Quotes

George Fields: OK, I know this is going to disgust you, Michael, but a lot of people are in this business to make money.
Michael Dorsey: You make it out like I'm some flake, George. I am in this business to make money, too.
George Fields: Really?
Michael Dorsey: Yes!
George Fields: The Harlem Theatre for the Blind? Strindberg in the Park? The People's Workshop in Syracuse?
Michael Dorsey: OK, now wait a minute. I did nine plays in eight months up in Syracuse. I happened to get great reviews from the New York critics, not that that's why I did it.
George Fields: Oh, of course not. God forbid you ...
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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 »


Soundtracks

I'll Know
(1950) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung a cappella by George Gaynes
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THE COMMENTS OF A FILM ADDICT
9 October 2001 | by IAINSENIORSee all my reviews

Wow!, what a film anyone who has seen this film would definetly agree with me that this film touches you in so many different places. It's funny, sad but also appealing to so many different people. Dustin Hoffman is superb in it, so is Jessica Lange the way they act on set together is very amusing but when they are alone, it's always an emotional scene. Especially the scene in which Julie (Lange) throws a glass of champagne at him when he tries to come on to her at a party, it's so funny. Murray is also good as Hoffman's mixed-up flat mate. Sydney Pollack the director also takes a small role as Hoffman's Agent who unsuccesfully tries to find him work. The viewer sees the struggle of all the characters in their everyday life. There is also a touch of romance in the fim for the sentimentals in this world. The whole team bonds together to create a funny, imaginative film suitable for anyone who is in the mood for a laugh or a cry. I thouroughly reccomend it!!


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