Toots (2008)


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"Toots Shor is many things to many people," said Edward R. Murrow of the legendary Manhattan saloonkeeper in 1955. A friend to the famous, a crook to the feds, father, brother, gambler, bum, but most of all Toots Shor was the owner of America's greatest saloon. Directed by his granddaughter, "Toots" is a provocative, loving and unmistakably authentic portrait of the self-made, unapologetic and quintessentially American man who became the unlikely den-mother to the heroes of America's golden age. Politicians and gangsters, sports heroes and movie stars--Sinatra, Gleason, Dimaggio, Ruth, Costello, Eisenhower, Nixon, Warren--for 30 years, they all found their way to Toots' eponymous saloon on New York's West 51st Street for food and drink, served up with a heaping side of insults and put downs. From its post-WW II heyday to its devastating decline in the 1970s, this film reveals as much about the city Toots loved as it does about the man and his enduring legacy.


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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

Restaurateur Toots Shor gets an overdue documentary close-up courtesy of his granddaughter, director Kristi Jacobson, in the enjoyable, well-assembled Toots.

Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

You see Toots, and you wish you had been there.

Oct 16, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Affectionately and vividly recalls a bygone New York era.

Oct 9, 2007

Cheers to Ms. Jacobson for keeping alive the memory of New York nightlife's golden era, and a man who embodied it.

Sep 22, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Toots leaves you longing for a more public culture, for places where the palship isn't just the upshot of intoxication. It's a cinematic happy hour.

Sep 17, 2007

A nostalgic, meticulously researched full course meal from granddaughter Kristi Jacobson that will whet appetites of fest, specialty and tube diners.

Sep 15, 2007 | Full Review…
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