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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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Sydney Pollack

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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 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:

What do you get when you cross a hopelessly straight starving actor with a dynamite red sequined dress? You get America's hottest new actress. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tootsie 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Andy Warhol: Uncredited, as himself. See more »

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Julie throws the flowers that Dorothy gives her on the table twice. See more »

Quotes

Michael Dorsey: You're worried about the audition tomorrow, aren't you?
Sandy: No I'm not worried about that audition.
Michael Dorsey: Why? Why are you so worried?
Sandy: Because I'm not gonna get it, I'm not gonna get it, because I'm completely wrong for it
Michael Dorsey: Why, what kind of a part is it?
Sandy: [pause] A *WOMAN*!
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Dustin Hoffman is credited twice: Dustin Hoffman .... Michael Dorsey Dustin Hoffman .... Dorothy Michaels See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by all at the party
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Lange, Hoffman Fun To Watch In This Justifiable Hit Of Its Day
14 June 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

It's strange how seeing a man dressed up as a woman always seems to be funny and popular with the audiences. Milton Berle helped make television with skits like this on his early 1950s show. It works here, too, with Dustin Hoffman applying the makeup and playing the role to the hilt.

Helping Hoffman is Jessica Lange in, by far, her most attractive role. I'm not particularly a fan of hers but she looked spectacular in here, almost like Marilyn Monroe.

This was a popular film because the humor was good and the two leads did a nice job, and people like a good romance story, too. Hoffman, like him or not, is a fabulous, able to play so many diverse roles. He's an amazing actor.

Sometimes overlooked is the big-name supporting cast which includes Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, Bill Murray, Chares Durning and Geena Davis. The latter was making her screen debut in here!

This isn't as "cute" as it was 25 years ago but it sure was a justifiable bit hit back in the early '80s.


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