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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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Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels
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Julie
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Sandy
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Ron
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Les
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Jeff
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George Fields
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John Van Horn
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April
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Rita
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Jacqui
Peter Gatto ...
Rick
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Jo
Ronald L. Schwary ...
Phil Weintraub
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Mrs. Mallory
Amy Lawrence ...
Amy
Kenny Sinclair ...
Boy
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Page
Michael Ryan ...
Middle-Aged Man
Robert D. Wilson ...
Stage Hand
James Carruthers ...
Middle-Aged Man
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Middle-Aged Woman
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Linda
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Actor #1
Sam Stoneburner ...
Actor #2
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Salesgirl
Willy Switkes ...
Man at Cab
Gregory Camillucci ...
Maitre d'
Barbara Spiegel ...
Billie
Tony Craig ...
Joel Spector
Walter Cline ...
Bartender
Suzanne von Schaack ...
Party Girl (as Suzanne Von Schaack)
Anne Shropshire ...
Mrs. Crawley
Pamela Lincoln ...
Secretary
Mary Donnet ...
Receptionist
Bernie Passeltiner ...
Mac
Mallory Millett ...
Girl #1 (as Mallory Jones)
Patti Cohane ...
Girl #2
Murray Schisgal ...
Party Guest
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Photographer
Anne Prager ...
Acting Student
John Carpenter ...
First Actor
Bob Levine ...
Second Actor
Richard Whiting ...
Priest
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Stage Manager #2
Susan Egbert ...
Diane
Kas Self ...
Acting Student
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Stage Manager
Richard Wirth ...
Mel - Technical Director
Gavin Reed ...
Director
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Autograph Hound
Ibbits Warriner ...
Autograph Hound
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Autograph Hound (as Lois de Banzie)
Stephen Prutting ...
Autograph Hound (as Stephen C. Prutting)
Carole Holland ...
Autograph Hound
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Waiter (uncredited)
Phillip Borsos ...
Film Director at Party (uncredited)
Cassandra Danz ...
Hoffman Look-Alike at TV Audition (uncredited)
Jim Dratfield ...
Acting Student (uncredited)
Paul E. Guskin ...
Pavel - Waiter in Russian Tea Room (uncredited)
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Actor at Party (uncredited)
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Gene Shalit (uncredited)
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Andy Warhol (uncredited)
Joyce Worsley ...
Shocked Bystander as Dorothy Grabs a Cab (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sydney Pollack

Written by

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Larry Gelbart ... (screenplay) &
Murray Schisgal ... (screenplay)
 
Don McGuire ... (story) and
Larry Gelbart ... (story)
 
Barry Levinson ... () (uncredited)
 
Robert Garland ... () (uncredited)
 
Elaine May ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Charles Evans ... executive producer
Sydney Pollack ... producer
Dick Richards ... producer
Ronald L. Schwary ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Dave Grusin

Cinematography by

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Owen Roizman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Fredric Steinkamp
William Steinkamp

Editorial Department

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Don Brochu ... assistant editor
Jill Savitt ... assistant editor
Nancy Weizer ... assistant editor
Wayne Fitzgerald ... editor: montage (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Peter S. Larkin ... (as Peter Larkin)

Set Decoration by

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Thomas C. Tonery ... (as Tom Tonery)

Costume Design by

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Ruth Morley ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Joseph Coscia ... hair stylist (as Joe Coscia)
C. Romania Ford ... makeup artist (as C. Romaina Ford)
Tony Marrero ... hair stylist
George Masters ... makeup created by: Mr. Hoffman / makeup designed by: Mr. Hoffman
Dorothy J. Pearl ... makeup artist: Ms Lang (as Dorothy Pearl) / makeup created by: Mr. Hoffman (as Dorothy Pearl) / makeup designed by: Mr. Hoffman (as Dorothy Pearl)
Toni-Ann Walker ... hair stylist: Ms. Lange (as Toni Walker)
Allen Weisinger ... makeup: Mr. Hoffman

Production Management

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Gerald R. Molen ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ann Egbert ... dga trainee
David McGiffert ... assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy ... second assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)

Art Department

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William Lucek ... scenic artist
Jimmy Raitt ... property master

Sound Department

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Rick Alexander ... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Les Fresholtz ... re-recording mixer
Les Lazarowitz ... sound mixer
Tod A. Maitland ... boom man (as Tod Maitland)
Tom McCarthy Jr. ... sound effects: Effective Sounf Unlimited
Arthur Piantadosi ... re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden ... sound effects: Effective Sounf Unlimited (as Don Walden)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael Green ... camera first assistant
Brian Hamill ... unit still photographer
Mike Miller ... key grip (as Michael Miller)
Richard Quinlan ... gaffer (as Dick Quinlan)
Scott Rathner ... camera second assistant
Bob Rose ... key grip
William H. Steiner ... camera operator (as Bill Steiner)
Garrett Brown ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Craig DiBona ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Raymond Fortune ... electrician (uncredited)
Charles Meere III ... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew D. Schwartz ... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Steve Stafford ... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenji Takama ... camera intern (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Sylvia Fay ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jennifer Nichols ... costumer: women's
Franke Piazza ... costumer: men's
Bernie Pollack ... costume supervisor
Susan Gammie ... (segment ": "Diabolique") costumes by (uncredited)

Location Management

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Jonathan Filley ... location manager
Ezra Swerdlow ... location manager

Music Department

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Else Blangsted ... music editor
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy ... transportation captain (as Whitey McEvoy)
Patrick Hogan ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Renee Bodner ... script supervisor
Carey Bozanich ... production assistant
Stephanie Brooks ... production assistant
Tommy Burns ... production assistant (as Tom Burns)
Crin Connolly ... assistant: to Sydney Pollack
Justin Cooke ... production assistant
Lillian Glass ... body language expert / voice and speech coach
Lee Gottsegen ... assistant: to Dustin Hoffman
Ann Guerin ... unit publicist
Harriette Kanew ... assistant production office coordinator
Tony Lani ... production assistant
Peter Lombardi ... assistant auditor (as Pete Lombardi)
Bruce Patterson ... production office coordinator
Ken Ryan ... auditor
David Sardi ... production assistant
Karl F. Steinkamp ... production assistant (as Karl Steinkamp)
Gary Vermillion ... production assistant
Sarah M. Brim ... production assistant (uncredited)
Alan Jacques ... projectionist (uncredited)
Tom Schurke ... video playback engineer (uncredited)
Holly Woodlawn ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Little did this desperate, out of work actor know when he secretly auditioned for a female role that he'd become the hottest star on television. Not even the girl he's madly in love with knows that he's Tootsie. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Would I Lie to You? (United States)
  • Tootsie -lyömätön lyyli (Finland)
  • Тутси (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Тутси (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Aranyoskám (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Budget $22,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,540,470, 19 Dec 1982
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $38,974,697

Did You Know?

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Trivia Dustin Hoffman allegedly tried out his role as Dorothy by passing himself off as his daughter's Aunt Dorothy at her parent's evening at school. His performance was so strong he actually convinced the teachers present. They never suspected. See more »
Goofs The airborne panning view of midtown Manhattan (a transition shot after the montage of Dorothy's magazine photo-shoots, filmed above Union Square) is stock footage from the early 1970's or perhaps earlier; at least one skyscraper completed by 1975 is missing (the One UN Plaza towers). See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Billy Yeager the Ineffable Enigma (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Tootsie See more »
Crazy Credits Dustin Hoffman is credited twice: Dustin Hoffman .... Michael Dorsey Dustin Hoffman .... Dorothy Michaels See more »
Quotes [Dorothy Michaels' screen test]
Rita: I'd like to make her look a little more attractive, how far can you pull back?
Cameraman: How do you feel about Cleveland?
Rita: Knock it off.
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