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Tootsie (1982) Movie Information

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Sydney Pollack


Dustin Hoffman
Teri Garr
Dabney Coleman
Bill Murray
Sydney Pollack
Geena Davis





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A difficult male actor lands a gig on a soap opera acting as a women in which the studio execs are unsuspecting that he is male.

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SteelCity99 04/22/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Retard, but brilliant at the same time. What separates this from most of today's satires is the exploration of the relevant aspects of its social context, in this case, matrimony, celebrities and that little gene in society that allows the idea of a man to be dressed up as a woman to be successful, whereas the other way around wouldn't. 75/100

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Gabe 02/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Quite frankly, this is hardly a comedy. Bill Murray and Sydney Pollack get the best lines. I don't know how this got a Best Picture nomination in 1982. I'm not saying it's a bad film, but there have been better. I think it's funny how the AFI called this the second funniest film of all-time, behind another cross-dressing film, Some Like It Hot. This is a pretty "blah" film.

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Yojimbo 10/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Bill Murray is great in a supporting role, but this cross dressing comedy is purely by the numbers. It's better than Mrs. Doubtfire, but then again, so is rectal surgery...

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mitchellyoung 12/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is the best of the "man dressing as woman" genre. Hoffman gives a nuanced portrayal and the film doesn't go for the easy crossdressing jokes and instead derives the film's comedy from exploration of gender roles and romance.

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11/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One of the Best 'Man-In-Drag' Comedies

One out of maybe three times I can recall where the 'man-in-drag' story actually works. It's not wacky fun like 'Some Like It Hot', nor is it a one man comedic show like 'Mrs. Doubtfire'. 'Tootsie' manages to find a good balance between what worked in both of these films. The characters and situations are well written and performed. Everyone delivers solid jokes and none of them feel too cliche for this type of story. Sure, you have the inevitable scenes involving men falling for the main character, him going after a woman of his own, and the 'big reveal' moment. These scenes don't feel as forced or cliche and a few of them are funny. The only part that bothers me is the rushed resolution. A quick, lackluster conclusion following a memorable reveal. There's still plenty of good l...

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08/08/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Is he coming back?"

In Tootsie, Sydney Pollack and Dustin Hoffman achieve the highly improbable: a mainstream, studio comedy that is also a great movie (for another example, see the following year's Terms of Endearment). Hoffman was still at his peak (before his late-period foray into dazed overacting), and delivers an astonishingly nuanced performance. He somehow manages to be hilarious while still having to be reasonably convincing as a woman (unlike, say, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot, who are deliberately caricatured and unbelievable). Bill Murray (in an unbilled part) is in his best deadpan-witty mode. And while Jessica Lange does well as the girl for whom no one could be blamed for falling, Teri Garr deserved Lange's Oscar. Her performance (not unlike Hoffman's) succeeds in evoki...

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