TOOTSIE (1982) C widescreen 116m dir: Sydney Pollack
w/Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack, George Gaynes, Geena Davis, Doris Belack
From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "Tootsie is a lulu. Remarkably funny and entirely convincing, film pulls off the rare accomplishment of being an in-drag comedy [from a story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart] which also emerges with three-dimensional characters.
"Dustin Hoffman portrays a long-struggling New York stage actor whose 'difficult' reputation has relegated him to employment as a waiter and drama coach.
"Brash but appealing actor's solution: audition for a popular soap opera as a woman. Becoming a hit on the show, 'Dorothy Michaels' develops into a media celebrity thanks to her forthright manner and 'different' personality. Hoffman finds it hard to devote much time to sort-of-girlfriend Teri Garr, and all the while is growing more deeply attracted to soap costar Jessica Lange.
"Hoffman triumphs in what must stand as one of his most brilliant performances. His Dorothy is entirely plausible and, physically, reasonably appealing. But much more importantly, he gets across the enormous guts and determination required of his character to go through with the charade."
TOOTSIE won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Lange). It was also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Hoffman), Supporting Actress (Garr), Original Screenplay (Gelbart, Murray Schisgal, McGuire), Cinematography (Owen Roizman), Editing (Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp), Song ("It Might Be You" by Dave Grusin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman), and Sound (Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Les Lazarowitz).