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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman - as a woman?, 16 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Tootsie [DVD] [1982] (DVD)
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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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