Sydney Pollack

Tootsie

Tootsie

In Tootsie, Michael Dorsey lands the role of a lifetime—as did the actor playing him, Dustin Hoffman. This multilayered comedy from Sydney Pollack follows the elaborate deception of a down-on-his-luck New York actor who poses as a woman to get a soap opera gig; while “Dorothy Michaels” skyrockets to fame, Michael finds himself learning to be a better man. Given support by a stellar cast that includes Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Teri Garr, George Gaynes, Bill Murray, and, in a breakthrough performance, Jessica Lange, Tootsie is a funny, cutting, and poignant film from an American moment defined by shifting social and sexual identities.

Film Info

  • Sydney Pollack
  • United States
  • 1982
  • 116 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English
  • Spine #738

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring director Sydney Pollack
  • New interviews with actor Dustin Hoffman and comedy writer Phil Rosenthal
  • Interview with Dorothy Michaels by film critic Gene Shalit
  • Making of “Tootsie” (1982) and A Better Man: The Making of “Tootsie” (2007), two documentaries featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Screen and wardrobe test footage
  • Deleted scenes and trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow

    New cover by Jason Hardy

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring director Sydney Pollack
  • New interviews with actor Dustin Hoffman and comedy writer Phil Rosenthal
  • Interview with Dorothy Michaels by film critic Gene Shalit
  • Making of “Tootsie” (1982) and A Better Man: The Making of “Tootsie” (2007), two documentaries featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Screen and wardrobe test footage
  • Deleted scenes and trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow

    New cover by Jason Hardy
Tootsie
Cast
Dustin Hoffman
Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels
Jessica Lange
Julie Nichols
Teri Garr
Sandy Lester
Dabney Coleman
Ron
Charles Durning
Les
Bill Murray
Jeff
Sydney Pollack
George Fields
George Gaynes
John Van Horn
Geena Davis
April
Doris Belack
Rita
Ellen Foley
Jacqui
Peter Gatto
Rick
Lynne Thigpen
Jo
Ronald L. Schwary
Phil Weintraub
Debra Mooney
Mrs. Mallory
Amy Lawrence
Amy
Credits
Director
Sydney Pollack
Producers
Sydney Pollack
Producers
Dick Richards
Story
Don McGuire
Story
Larry Gelbart
Screenplay
Larry Gelbart
Screenplay
Murray Schisgal
Director of photography
Owen Roizman
Executive producer
Charles Evans
Casting
Lynn Stalmaster
Casting
Toni Howard & Associates
Editors
Fredric Steinkamp
Editors
William Steinkamp
Production designer
Peter Larkin
Costume designer
Ruth Morley
Music
Dave Grusin
Original song lyrics
Alan and Marilyn Bergman
“Tootsie” and “It Might Be You” sung by
Stephen Bishop
Assistant director
David McGiffert
Sound
Les Lazarowitz
Camera operator
Bill Steiner
Costume supervisor
Bernie Pollock
Set decorator
Tom Tonery
Dustin Hoffman’s makeup created and designed by
Dorothy Pearl
Dustin Hoffman’s makeup created and designed by
George Masters
Makeup
C. Romania Ford
Makeup
Allen Weisinger
Makeup
Dorothy Pearl
Hairstylists
Joe Coscia
Hairstylists
Tony Marrero
Hairstylists
Toni Walker
Script supervisor
Renee Bodner
Set photographer
Brian Hamill

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