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Tootsie (1982)

Director:
Sydney Pollack
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Romantic comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Tootsie

RUNNING TIME
116 minutes

Producer:
Sydney Pollack
Dick Richards
Ronald L. Schwary

Screenwriter:
Larry Gelbart
Murray Schisgal
Barry Levinson (uncredited)
Elaine May (uncredited)


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Michael Dorsey Dustin Hoffman
Julie Nichols Jessica Lange
Sandy Lester Teri Garr
Ron Carlisle Dabney Coleman
Rita Marshall Doris Belack -
Leslie "Les" Nichols Charlie Durning
Jeff Slater Bill Murray
George Fields Sydney Pollack
John Van Horn George Gaynes
April Page Geena Davis -

 

Review

Dustin Hoffman and director/producer Sydney Pollack played with cross-dressing, gender roles and to some degree sexism in this 1982 megahit, the second-highest grossing movie of the year in the United States (after E.T.). The film is not particularly probing or controversial not by today's standards, and arguably not by 1982's either. At least not beyond the very sight of Dustin Hoffman dressing up as a woman. Tootsie is not an opinionated piece; it's a simple romantic comedy with a creative, fun angle. And it's rather comfortable in that skin, perhaps even complacent. Dustin Hoffman's lead performance is devoted and rather sweet. Although his Dorothy Michaels is an outdated woman from the pre-sexual revolution era, whereas his Michael Dorsey is a modern 40-something of the 1980s, Hoffman still is able to make Dorothy into some kind of throwback feminist icon, if for no other reason than that (s)he speaks up. Some detractors may of course have balked at the idea that the film suggests women needed a man to do just that, but the picture is far too gullible to be accused of such schemes or ambitions.

Copyright 19.07.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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