Tootsie

Tootsie

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Director: Sydney Pollack

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr

     
 

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Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), a brilliant but troublesome New York actor, has managed to alienate every producer on both coasts. Michael's agent George Fields (Sydney Pollack) can't even get his client a commercial since Michael complained that the tomato he was playing wasn't properly motivated. "You were a tomato!" screams George in desperation, adding that…  See more details below

Overview

Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), a brilliant but troublesome New York actor, has managed to alienate every producer on both coasts. Michael's agent George Fields (Sydney Pollack) can't even get his client a commercial since Michael complained that the tomato he was playing wasn't properly motivated. "You were a tomato!" screams George in desperation, adding that Michael is so obnoxious that he will probably never work again. Dorsey thinks otherwise; when he hears of an opening on a popular soap opera, he applies for the job--even though the job is for a woman. Posing as "Miss Dorothy Michaels," Michael wins the part and becomes a widely-known actress. Yet complications ensue when Michael falls for his co-star Julie (Jessica Lange, in an Oscar-winning performance) but, as Dorothy, is courted by Julie's widowed father (Charles Durning). Michael ultimately finds that his disguise as a woman has made him a better man. One of the classic comedies of the 1980s, Tootsie's gender-bending premise boasts a screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal, and by a host of memorable supporting comic performances from Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, George Gaynes, and Bill Murray. Future Oscar-winner Geena Davis makes her screen debut as a daytime drama queen, which indeed she had been before Tootsie came along.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Situated somewhere between Some Like It Hot and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Tootsie provided one of the most salient commentaries on gender roles in American society, long before RuPaul sashayed across the popular consciousness. A film about a man who discovers that being a woman makes him a better man, Tootsie explored areas hitherto avoided by most filmmakers, and it became one of the few genuinely hilarious American comedies of the 1980s in the process. The film was remarkable for the quality of its lead performances: Dustin Hoffman, as the title character, expertly blended withering cynicism and comic sensibility, while Jessica Lange (who won an Oscar for her performance), Bill Murray, and Charles Durning did some of the best work of their careers. Even Geena Davis, who made her debut as a barely clothed soap opera ingenue, was memorable in her small role. In all, Tootsie accomplished what few films do, forcing audiences to question their own attitudes while giving them a highly intelligent laugh.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2014
UPC:
0715515123518
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Colorized]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
20,426

Special Features

New 4K digital restoration; Audio commentary featuring Sydney Pollack; New interviews with actor Dustin Hoffman and comedy writer Phil Rosenthal; Interview with Dorothy Michaels by film critic Gene Shalit; The Making of "Tootsie" (1982) and "A Better Man: The Making of "Tootsie" (2007), two documentaries featuring interviews with cast and crew; Screen and wardrobe test footage; Deleted scenes and trailers; PLUS: an essay by critic Michael Sragow

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels
Jessica Lange Julie
Teri Garr Sandy
Dabney Coleman Ron
Charles Durning Les
Bill Murray Jeff
Geena Davis April
Sydney Pollack George Fields
George Gaynes John Van Horn
Doris Belack Rita
Ellen Foley Jacqui
Peter Gatto Rick
Lynne Thigpen Jo
Toni Howard Actor
Bernie Pollack Actor
Michael M. Ryan Actor
Lynn Stalmaster Actor
Ronald L. Schwary Phil Weintraub
Debra Mooney Mrs. Mallory
Amy Lawrence Amy
Susan Merson Page
James Carruthers Middle-Aged Man
Estelle Getty Middle-Aged Woman
Christine Ebersole Linda
Sam Stoneburner Actor
Marjorie Lovett Salesgirl
Willy Switkes Man at Cab
Tony Craig Joel Spector
Anne Shropshire Mrs. Crawley
Pamela Lincoln Secretary
Bernie Passeltiner Mac
Murray Schisgal Party Guest
John Carpenter First Actor
Bob Levine Second Actor
Richard Whiting Priest
Jim Jansen Stage Manager
Susan Egbert Diane
Kas Self Acting Student
Tom Mardirosian Stage Manager
Gavin Reed Director
Annie Korzen Autograph Hound
Lois de Banzie Autograph Hound
Phillip Borsos Actor
Robert Meadows Actor

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director,Producer
Stephen Bishop Songwriter
Charles Evans Executive Producer
Sylvia Fay Casting
Larry Gelbart Original Story,Screenwriter
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Toni Howard Casting
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
George Masters Makeup
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Don McGuire Original Story
Gerald R. Molen Production Designer
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
Dick Richards Producer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Murray Schisgal Screenwriter
Ronald L. Schwary Producer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
William Steinkamp Editor
Ezra Swerdlow Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Tonery Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tootsie
1. Opening Titles [5:50]
2. "Surprise!" [8:43]
3. Sandy's Audition [1:59]
4. "No One Will Hire You" [4:02]
5. Michael's Audition [4:58]
6. Passing [3:37]
7. Lying to Sandy [3:16]
8. Dorothy's First Day [2:55]
9. Southwest General [4:44]
10. "She Deserves It" [3:14]
11. "Not Too Close!" [3:59]
12. Dinner at Julie's [5:52]
13. Ice Cream for Sandy [3:09]
14. "Go, Tootsie, Go" [3:13]
15. Phil Weintraub's Party [2:12]
16. "Tootsie, Take Ten" [3:14]
17. Girlfriends' Getaway [4:14]
18. Evening's End [7:28]
19. "Get Me Out of This" [2:40]
20. Babysitting [4:40]
21. A Pass and a Proposal [5:19]
22. "This is a Nightmare" [4:42]
23. Sandy Drops By [4:58]
24. "One Nutty Hospital" [6:53]
25. Facing Les [3:50]
26. A Better Man [6:36]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #2 -- Tootsie
1. A Better Man [9:32]
2. Filling Out the Cast [8:03]
3. Dorothy's Look [6:51]
4. Production Begins [4:41]
5. "It's the Truth" [7:24]
6. Range of Opinions [7:32]
7. "You Don't Mess With Bill" [4:18]
8. Passion for Acting [3:24]
9. The Big Reveal [6:01]
10. "The Line We Were Going For" [2:29]
11. "It's a Comedy" [8:30]

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Tootsie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tootsie has withstood the test of time. It is such a well-rounded movie with a superb cast. This will be always be a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, a guy dressed as a woman, iv'e always wanted to do that but never could.(dad doesn't like that). Anyway great movie, Dustin is sooo cute, cute enough to date!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The inspiration for movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and White Chicks, Tootsie features a remarkable cast headed by Dustin Hoffman. The movie never runs dry, and it will keep you laughing long after the credits roll. Also stars Bill Murry, Gena Davis, Jessica Lange, and Teri Garr.
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Tootsie is a movie about a guy Micheal Dorsy a talented actor but he doesn't get the part in the play so he soons disguies as a women and changes his name to Dorthoy Michelas and meets Julie My favorite scence on this movie is when Julie tells Dorthy about the line a guy could say to her So Micheal Dorsy says the line to Julie I could lay a big line on you and we could do alot of roleplaying but the truth is I find you very intersting and I would like to make love to you