If you have never seen “Tootsie” then all you really need to know is that it is a perfect movie that is so good it achieved both critical and box office success.
With a modest budget of 21 million dollars the film went on to gross 8 times that amount and secure 10 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, 2 for Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and more.
Jessica Lange was the lone winner while Hoffman lost out to Ben Kingsley’s portrayal of Ghandi. If I had my way the award would have gone to Hoffman with my argument being that Dustin could have easily played Ghandi but I doubt Sir Ben could have played Dorothy Michaels.
The story follows unemployed actor Michael Dorsey (Hoffman) who after learning from his agent that no one in New York City will work with him because he is difficult decides to take matters into his own hands.
Michael transforms himself into Dorothy Michaels and lands a leading female role on a popular Soap Opera. Dorothy is no less difficult than Michael but in the age of the “independent woman” Dorothy soars to become one of the most popular characters on the popular daytime drama “Southwest General.” Of course hijinks ensue and the cast that includes Bill Murray, Teri Garr, Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman and director Sydney Pollack himself all shine in this hysterically written gender bending comedy that is both hysterical and heartwarming from start to finish.
Blu-Ray special features include a brand new emotionally touching interview with actor Dustin Hoffman, Audio Commentary from Sydney Pollack, Deleted Scenes, Screen and wardrobe test footage, 2 documentaries on the making of the film and much more.
As with all Criterion Collection releases the High Definition and Audio are stellar and this classic comedy has never looked or sounded better.
Drumroll please… 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.