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Tootsie [VHS]


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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: Barry Levinson, Don McGuire, Elaine May, Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal
  • Producers: Charles Evans
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 21 May 1996
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004COI0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is an unemployed actor with a reputation for being 'difficult'. Desperate for work, Michael dresses up in drag in an attempt to land a part in a daytime soap as a mature woman. He succeeds, and achieves instant fame as Dorothea Michaels. However, complications develop when he falls in love with Julie, a female cast member (Jessica Lange), while simultaneously having to fend off the amorous advances of both Julie's father (Charles Durning) and male actors on the set.

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One of the touchstone movies of the 1980s, Tootsie stars Dustin Hoffman as an out-of-work actor who disguises himself as a dowdy, middle-aged woman to get a part on a hit soap opera. The scheme works, but while he/she keeps up the charade, Hoffman's character comes to see life through the eyes of the opposite sex. The script by Larry Gelbart (with Murray Schisgal) is a winner, and director Sydney Pollack brings taut proficiency to the comedy and sensitivity to the relationship nuances that emerge from Hoffman's drag act. Great supporting work from Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, and pre-stardom Geena Davis. But the film finally belongs to Hoffman, who seems to connect with the character at a very deep and abiding level. --Tom Keogh

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 23 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
TOOTSIE is, plain and simple, excellent. It takes its subject matter seriously. Hoffman doesn't play the role like a man playing a woman but a man learning to be a woman and thusly, understanding how they tick, but using his natural abrasiveness to create an assertive female in a world that tends to treat women (like Julie) as submissive objects. His performance is so spot-on that it's no wonder the men in the movie fall for Dorothy: he inhabits Dorothy down to her vaguely Southern mannerisms and ante-bellum decorum. Just watch the montage in which Dorothy, now a media sensation, is being photographed in an assortment of outfits. It's what today's premiere drag performer Charles Busch would also do in his performances: use the nuances of a strong yet feminine energy to its fullest advantage. (As a matter of fact, Charles Busch himself would play a variation of the Michael Dorsey role in a soap opera.) TOOTSIE is a tour-de-force of Hoffman's acting as he is in perfect control of his character's duality. One of the premiere examples of gender-bending comedies -- VICTOR/VICTORIA being its feminine counterpart -- this is a movie that paved the way for future incursions into men not just donning women's clothes, but inhabiting a feminine persona. It's extremely sensitive as well: once the climactic sequence takes place and all is revealed, it's a surprise how affecting and emotionally satisfying this movie is.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ciaran moore on 23 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
Good review above,i will just let you know about the extras.There is a 3 part making of 1."a better man"(29:31)2."keep it real" "(21:31)3."good friends"(18:31),deleted scenes(8:12) and dustin hoffman screen test footage(2:39) and a strange bonus trailer for "the life of brian" but no trailer for "tootsie".Hope this is helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gem on 20 Mar 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have loved this film since I was a wee girl in the 1980's. Dustin Hoffman is hilarious as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels and Teri Garr is excellent as his friend, Sandy. Garr's 'There is nothing you can do for me, I'll just have to feel like this until I don't feel like this anymore..' rant is fantastic. Watch out for a young Bill Murray who is one of the funniest characters in the film. A great laugh and a slice of '80's nostalgia to boot! - What more can you ask for?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F. V. L. Buliciri on 11 Oct 2003
Format: VHS Tape
It must be a challenge for any male actor to play a woman. Dustin Hoffman is probably one of the few actors in film history who has certainly risen to the challenge and succeeded. Tootsie is one of the most wittiest and memorable comedies of all time.
Dustin Hoffman is excellent as struggling actor Michael Dorsey whose awkward and difficult personality renders him unemployable.Matters come to a head when he dresses as a woman and finds that his fortunes change when he is hired by the producers of a daytime soap and becomes an overnight sensation and major celebrity.As his celebrity increases his life becomes more complicated as he copes with his 'double,'life.
I always felt that Dustin Hoffman should have won the Oscar for Best Actor the year he was nominated. He gives a brilliant performance as Michael Dorsey aka Dorothy Michaels and is totally believable as a woman as he captures the essence of being a woman so vividly on screen.
This is one of the best film comedies of all time and it has a great supporting cast of actors such as Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning and Teri Garr. I highly recommend this film to everyone to see because you won't ever quite see another film comedy like this in your lifetime.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Dustin Hoffman is magnificent in this tender and amusing comedy of gender differentials in eighties New York. Michael Dorsey (Hoffman) is a talented actor with a fearsome reputation for his attitude to inept directors. A chance situation coaching a hopeless pupil for a part in a popular, long-running soap opera leads to Dorsey dressing in drag and winning the part for himself and gaining immense popularity for his feisty interpretation! Whilst becoming more in tune with his female alter-ego he finds himself falling hoplessley in love with the beautiful leading lady (a wonderful performance from Jessica Lange)whose widowed father falls in love with Hoffman's character! Chaos ensues as Hoffman struggles to keep all parties happy and produces an Oscar winning performance in the process. His subtle interpretation of a man realising what understanding a woman's psyche entails and superb comic timing combines to make a hilarious and touching movie. There are great cameos too from Bill Murray as Hoffman's abstract, playwriting flatmate and the film's director, Sidney Pollack, as Hoffman's bemused agent. Altogether a timeless movie which improves with repeated viewing. Excellent stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
What a funny film Tootsie is, one of the most brilliant to be nominated at the Oscars (10 times). There is so much to enjoy: Dustin Hoffman's brilliant female impersonation as Dorothy Michaels set against a male role as Michael Dorsey is so good you regret that the character was only an illusion. But there are a lot of subtle observations on gender roles and identity, the world of acting, friendship, and relations between the sexes, as well as an excellent pastiche of a soap opera - quite a lot for one film. It is as if the director Sydney Pollack has thrown all these ingredients together and whisked them into the lightest confection, where all is froth and bubbles, or almost ... Because it does seem to sound a deeper note as well. The film has everything, and Hoffman is spellbinding, even if not very convincing as a woman, although she is to everyone in the film. But this is the convention behind all drag roles where we're not meant to believe it is actually a woman being represented - in Some Like It Hot it is equally absurd that the two imposters Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon should be taken at face value, while, in a parallel way, in the recent football film Kick Off an entirely gay team in fuschia strip with much camp acting raises no suspicion whatsoever in their straight opponents. There is something quite delightful about this kind of passing for something people blatantly are not - the naivety of it - but here the moment of revelation still creates some kind of shock in the viewer mirroring that of the assembled characters. And if that isn't having your cake and eating it, in cinematic terms, I can't imagine what is. The other actors help to keep it buoyant: Jessica Lange, Bill Murray and Charles Durning, Pollack himself, and others ... It's still as fresh and captivating as it was on its release.
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