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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Dustin Hoffman
Jessica Lange
Teri Garr
Bill Murray
Geena Davis.
Directors
Sydney Pollack.
Screenwriters
Larry Gelbart
Don McGuire.
Running Time
119 minutes

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Tootsie
Dustin Hoffman, one of the actors of his generation, is happy to make a boob of himself in the name of comedy.


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Plot
A struggling actor with a bad reputation (Hoffman) changes his name from Michael Dorsey to Dorothy Michaels and finds success as the fairer sex, starring in a popular soap opera. When he falls in love with a female co-star (Lange), he's forced to either keep it under his false breasts, or come clean and turn himself into a national laughing stock.


Review
Dustin Hoffman didn’t win an Oscar for this one, but he’s superb as the tetchy actor no one will hire until he dresses up as a woman and lands a part in a TV soap. The sequins and the lip gloss hide a genuine vulnerability that Hoffman manages to bring the role, despite the farcical feel of it all. Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack and Geena Davis are all in fine form supporting what is, marvellously, a one-man show.

As hilarious as it is touching and tasteful at the same time, Tootsie will offend no one and uplift anyone who watches it.


Verdict
A sparkling turn by Hoffman and an absolutely fabulous cast make this a risk - and a risque - success.


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A comedy classic!

This and 'The Graduate' both prove that Hoffman is a genius when it comes to provoking laughs and tears from an audience. ... More

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Posted by !xHoTRoDx! at 21:15, 20 March 2010 | Report This Post


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This is (sort of) my introduction to Dustin Hoffman, and oh what a first impression (kind of); the film is a well executed exposure of the prejudice against women. You genuinely feel for Hoffman's complicated actor/actress and the people he touches (hilariously unintentionally in a few cases), but the film never leaves the great gags and novelty untouched - so all the while, it's a thoroughly entertaining film. Hoffman easily balances comedic and seroius acting, and the scene where he reveals h... More

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Exceptional comedy boasts perhaps Hoffman's best performance to date ... More

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