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3.6
2,514 Ratings

Tootsie

Directed by Sydney Pollack
United States, 1982
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Known for his difficult temperament, down-on-his-luck actor Michael Dorsey finds work on a trashy daytime soap opera by disguising himself as a woman by the name of Dorothy Michaels.

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Tootsie Directed by Sydney Pollack

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1983 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1983 | 9 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1982 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1984 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

1984 | 7 nominations including: Best Actress

In a movie rich with zingers (the great Elaine May, uncredited, played a large role in shaping the screenplay), Garr has the best, this exit line from a party: “I had a lot of fun. Do you have any Seconal?”
August 29, 2017
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Hoffman’s self-consciousness, which can grow wearying in films like Rain Man, is a gift here. He’s always letting his work show in Tootsie, and that’s the point: One’s forever aware of the high-wire that Dustin/Michael/Dorothy’s walking, and there are moments where you swear you can almost see the shape of Hoffman’s eyes change within a single frame as one role gives way to the other.
December 22, 2014
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Tootsie is a marvel of big-studio moviemaking from an era when such a thing was no longer considered possible. It went through multiple writers and producers even before it landed at Columbia Pictures. Once it did, in 1980, the company that had made some of the best golden age comedies funded and developed it with a moxie that had mostly vanished from the majors when movies ceded ground to television and studios got sucked into conglomerates.
December 17, 2014
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