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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:

Desperate, he took a female role and became a star. If only he could tell the woman he loves. 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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of Dorothy originally did not speak with a Southern accent, but in doing research, Dustin Hoffman discovered his voice fell more closely into the range of female pitch while doing the accent. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

George Fields: Where do you come off sending me your roommate's play for you to star in? I'm your agent, not your mother! I'm not supposed to find plays for you to star in - I'm supposed to field offers! And that's what I do!
Michael Dorsey: 'Field offers?' Who told you that, the Agent Fairy? That was a significant piece of work - I could've been terrific in that part.
George Fields: Michael, nobody's gonna do that play.
Michael Dorsey: Why?
George Fields: Because it's a downer, that's why. Because nobody wants to produce a play about a couple that moved back to Love ...
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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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It Might Be You
(1982)
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Dave Grusin
Sung by Stephen Bishop
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Dustin at one of his best moments
27 December 1999 | by All American GirlSee all my reviews

It's more than a movie about a man in drag and it's more than just a great movie. This movie goes to show that Dustin Hoffman is best at playing the oh-so-very-different characters. Whether it's his unforgettable character in Rainman or Michael Dorsey/Dorthy Michael in this, Dustin is at his best when he plays someone DIFFERENT, someone who is not your average person.

This film will make you laugh, that's for sure, but it'll also make you rethink about the things that really make you happy in your life, something too few of us think about...almost never.


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