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Director Sydney Pollack's "Tootsie" is a funny, insightful look at men, women, careers, sex, and friendship. Pollack received a nomination for best directing.
#62 on the AFI Top 100.
TOOTSIE was nominated for the Best Picture award. Ten Oscar Nominations; one win (Best Supporting Actress).
"What do you get when you cross a hopelessly
straight starving actor with
The basic story involves an actor, Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) who can't find work, because of his tendency to be a perfectionist, which gives him a reputation of being hard to work with. His agent, George Fields (Sydney Pollack), suggests that he get some therapy, because "no one will work with you on the East coast or the West coast." Being determined to raise some money to produce his roommate's play, "Return to Love Canal," he disguises himself as a woman to get an acting job on a soap opera, as Dorothy Michaels, hospital administrator and it works!
More good fortune comes Michael's way; Dorothy
becomes a super star!! However, as simple plans often do, things
begin to get more complicated, to the point of being intolerable.
Michael falls in love with an actress, Julie Nichols (Jessica
Lange), plus other hilarious problems and predicaments pop up
unexpectedly, as other characters fall in love with Dorthy, one
of them being Julie's father, Les Nichols (Charles Durning).
Teri Garr is convincing as Michael's excitable actress friend, Sandy Lester.
Dabney Coleman gives a fine performance as the chauvinistic director, Ron, who uses Julie, and cheats on her as well.
Pollack has some fun scenes as Hoffman's agent. Interestingly, Pollack began his Hollywood career as an actor, and he's quite good.
There are many really funny moments in the film, including Michael's audition, different filming of the show scenes, Dorthy's babysitting for Julie's daughter scenes, and the trip up to see Julie's father, Les.
However, our favorite scene sequence is when Michael finally, on a live show, has the opportunity to improvise the storyline of the episode, revealing to one and all that Dorthy is really not a woman, in order to get his character written out of the story, thus getting out of his contract. The reactions of his fellow actors, as well as the producing staff, are priceless.