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Tootsie doesn't squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.



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Michael Dorsey is a talented actor, but his demanding nature and stubborn temperament have antagonized every producer in New York. Now his agent insists no one will hire him. But Michael needs money - eight thousand dollars to be exact - and to earn it, he's willing to play the role of a lifetime. Dustin Hoffman stars with Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray and Geena Davis in director Sydney Pollack's heart-filled classic that heralded a new era of Hollywood wig-flipping and set a new standard for unpredictable laugh-out-loud comedy.

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Dustin Hoffman
as Michael/Dorothy
Teri Garr
as Sandy
Sydney Pollack
as George Fields
George Gaynes
as John Van Horn
Ronald L. Schwary
as Phil Weintraub
Debra Mooney
as Mrs. Mallory
Michael Ryan
as Middle-Aged Man
James Carruthers
as Middle-Aged Man
Estelle Getty
as Middle-Aged Woman
Marjorie Lovett
as Salesgirl
Willy Switkes
as Man at Cab
Walter Cline
as Bartender
John F. Carpenter
as First Actor
Anne Shropshire
as Mrs. Crawley
Pamela Lincoln
as Secretary
Bob Levine
as Second Actor
Mary Donnet
as Receptionist
Kas Self
as Acting Student
Murray Schisgal
as Party Guest
Greg Gorman
as Photographer
Tom Mardirosian
as Stage Manager
Jim Jansen
as Stage Manager
Gavin Reed
as Director
Annie Korzen
as Autograph Hound
Ibbits Warriner
as Autograph Hound
Lois De Banzie
as Autograph Hound
Stephen C. Prutting
as Autograph Hound
Carole Holland
as Autograph Hound
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Critic Reviews for Tootsie

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (9)

  • Both [Garr and Lange] are excellent, and Miss Lange continues her promise to become a superstar of the 1980s.

    Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It is not just the best comedy of the year; it is popular art on the way to becoming cultural artifact.

    Oct 5, 2008 | Full Review…
  • ...there are several solid laughs and some excellent supporting performances.

    Jun 28, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The tone is quick-witted and appealing, with some of the smartest dialogue this side of Billy Wilder...

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It turns out to be a touching love story, after all -- so touching that you may be surprised how moved you are at the conclusion of this comedy.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Tootsie restores the original meaning to the term 'situation comedy,' free of the pejorative associations that have accrued over the years because of the glut of awful ones on television.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Tootsie

Tootsie is simply the worst type of American humor: one that has a clever idea in its hands but takes it in a completely wrong direction, letting it die in a predictable plot that looks like a cheap soap opera and bears a stupid sitcom sense of humor.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A "meaningful" comedy about sexual equality in the workplace (from a male's POV) has it's moments, both of groaning awkwardness and of genuine mirth. It's insight into the world of trying to make it as an actor in New York is where the film is strongest. When released it was kind of a big deal, but it never gets away, not for a single second, from just how bad Hoffman looks dressed as a woman. And the situation alluded to, the inequality of women in the workplace ... ? That hasn't gone anywhere.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A funny, well-acted story concerning a failing actor with an attitude (Dustin Hoffman) who is forced to take drastic measures and dress as a woman for a role in a popular soap opera. This thing is all Dustin Hoffman, as he turns in one of the best performances of his well-decorated career as an actor playing many different roles. Sure, the movie is predictable and there is the cliche romantic interest, in this case Jessica Lange, but it remains hilarious throughout thanks to a fair balance of slapstick and verbal humor that comes across very well. Sydney Pollack's charming, effortlessly constructed screenplay translates into a breezy comedy that flies fast and does not overstay its welcome. Perhaps a little over-rated, not a great film, but definitely a good one.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

The 80s music and cheesy ending made me want to hit something, but other than those utter tragedies, the movie is really funny, and really well-made. Dustin Hoffman is believable even in such an unbelievable situation, and Bill Murray steals every scene he's in.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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