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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars extras
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.
Published on 23 Sep 2009 by ciaran moore

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3.0 out of 5 stars Unemployed actor dresses as a woman to gain employment.
An unemployed actor with a reputation for being awkward disguises himself as a woman to get a job. She then becomes a TV phenomen but this causes many problems with his/her interpersonal relationships.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars extras, 23 Sep 2009
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar nominated performance by Hoffman, 23 Jun 2007
This review is from: Tootsie [DVD] (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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 Mar 2007
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Tootsie's a comic classic!, 11 Oct 2003
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F. V. L. Buliciri (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tootsie [VHS] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars The best romantic cross-gender comedy of the last Millennium, 7 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Tootsie [VHS] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman's sequined moment, 18 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Tootsie [DVD] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm only glad that I didn't kiss you., 31 July 2012
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Michael Dorsey is an out of work actor, unable to get work because he is either too small, too old, too young and etc. After final getting to the end of his tether he decides to drag up as a woman and audition for the role of Dorothy Michaels on a daytime soap opera. He not only gets the job but Dorothy becomes a massive hit with the television audiences and studio bosses alike, but success has its drawbacks, it plays havoc with his love life and brings unwanted attentions from members of the same sex!

Terrificly entertaining comedy that showcases the best of Dustin Hoffman and brings our attention to a whole ream of quality supporting actors. Feeling very much like an old school type comedy, Tootsie (superbly directed by Sydney Pollack) fuses all the traits needed to hold the audience right to the credits role. What's noticeable now when revisiting the film is just how cheeky the piece is, poking the ribs of soaps, the pedal stool building of celebrities, and of course the bad taste that is left in the mouth because of sexism.....especially in the film industry, yes Tootsie is pretty astute work from Pollack and his team of writers (way too many to mention here).

Though very much a blunderbuss vehicle for Hoffman's range (he may be difficult to work with but he's one of his generations best actors), Tootsie's ultimate success is down to the ensemble cast. The twin sexiness that is Jessica Lange and Teri Garr both put in tremendous work as the two women in Michael/Dorothy's life, then there is Bill Murray as Michael's flat mate, Jeff, deadpan comedy gold from the sozzled face master. Sydney Pollack (yes the same), Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman and Geena Davis round out the roll call for excellent performances fleshing the bones of this delightful picture. Not without its bitter sweet moments, or indeed a touch of drama, it's with the comedy that Tootsie is most remembered for, and rightly so. As Dorothy struggles to fight off amorous men, or the simplest thing like hailing a taxi, the laughs come fast and furious in this cross dressing delight. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman - as a woman?, 16 Nov 2011
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RR Waller "ISeneca" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tootsie [DVD] (DVD)
SAFE READING - FEW SPOILERS

There are very few examples of male actors playing women, and even fewer examples of male actors playing women successfully, e.g. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon do well in "Some Like it Hot!" but Dustin Hoffman's "Tootsie" must join the list.

This 1982 film of McGuire and Gelbart's original story features an unemployed actor, with a reputation for being difficult, who disguises himself as a woman to get a role in a soap opera. Directed (and acted in) by Sydney Pollack, it stars Hoffman and a long list of stellar actors, e.g. Jessica Lang, Teri Garr, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack, Geena Davis to list just a few.

Watching the film/DVD, one has to remember that, through this comic yet powerful story, it was dealing with 1980s sexual politics in the entertainment industry and neither comes off in the best light but, along the way, it is hilariously funny, leaving a few interesting thoughts about Soaps. It is obviously not PC but it is "PC" - powerfully comic!

Hoffman rightfully earned an Oscar for this performance and the DVD, although it has not many bonus features, is excellent.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated New York tragi-comedy, 27 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Tootsie [DVD] (DVD)
My memory of this was of a slapstick cross-dressing comedy, but it's nothing of the sort. It's one of those sophisticated New York films, like so many that came out in the 1970s (Serpico, Saturday Night Fever, Manhattan). It's about an angry actor who is having a bit of a mid-life crisis. Some of the themes are a bit dated, the feminism issues have been won, so the serious thread has lost a bit of zip. It's ahead of its time in many ways, dealing with single parenthood, lesbianism and modern relationships.

It's heartwarming, real and funny and well worth another look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman Shines, 6 Jun 2009
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Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), a highly talented, ethical and somewhat jaded out of work actor struggles to find work thanks to to his ridiculously high standards of performance and notable reputation for being aggrivatingly difficult to work with.

Filling his time with working in restaurant kitchens and running acting classes for amateurs isn't filling his time the way he'd like, and his luck with women is wearing thin when the only woman interested in him is his scatter-brained neurotic student Sandy (outstanding performance by Teri Garr).

Michael's agent laments that no one will hire him because of his hard-to-work-with reputation and mild tantrums. After just having coached Sandy through an audition for Southwest General, a popular TV Soap, Michael realises he can play a woman more efficiently than she can. Going out on a limb, he dons an auburn wig, takes his knowledge of stage and movie makeup to good use, and auditions for the show.

Posing as Dorothy Michaels, soft-spoken southern belle with high morals and a no-nonsense attitude, he floors the producers with his hammy but direct approach to the audition and soon finds himself the star of the production. While embodying a strong female character on television, he constantly brings grief to the chauvanistic pig of a director by refusing to do what he's told and constantly changing his lines and actions regardless of what's scripted.

Soon, it becomes increasingly harder to balance both Dorothy and his own life as he begins to fall head over heels for his beautiful co-star Julie (Jessica Lange), but struggles to maintain his reluctant romantic relationship with Sandy. And if those complications weren't enough to leave him reeling, one of his male co-stars begins to show an increasing romantic interest in Dorothy, as does Julie's dad.

Michael begins to realise that being a woman is far more difficult than he ever anticipated as struggling with all those things and trying to keep his identity as a man a deep secret is proving to be the biggest acting challenge he's ever had.

A very funny, romantic comedy that will always be a classic. Hoffman's performance is so incredible, that at times you find yourself momentarily believing he really is Dorothy. Really outstanding.
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