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Tootsie (1982)

Opens on May 27

Director: Sydney Pollack Run Time: 116 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1982

Starring: Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr

Country: United States
Language: English

Four Turning Forty: Spring Edition. For one week, celebrate 40th anniversary screenings of Walter Hill’s 48 Hours, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie, only at the Film Center.

About the film:

Michael Dorsey is a talented actor, but his demanding nature and stubborn temperament have antagonized every producer in New York. Now his agent insists no one will hire him. But Michael needs money – eight thousand dollars to be exact – so he disguises himself as a woman to land a role on a soap opera. As the assertive Dorothy Michaels, he confronts sexist double standards, and discovers that the experience makes him a better man.

The heart-filled classic comedy Tootsie is directed by Sydney Pollack, who appears in the film alongside Dustin Hoffman, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Teri Garr, and Jessica Lange, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

“What makes Tootsie a smart, enduring comedy instead of a silly, momentary one is its real sympathy for women.”

–Tasha Robinson for The Dissolve

About the filmmaker: 

Sydney Pollack was an American film director, producer and actor. He directed more than 20 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 movies or shows and produced over 44 films. For his film Out of Africa (1985), Pollack won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture. He was also nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) and Tootsie (1982). During his career, he directed 12 actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Jane Fonda, Gig Young, Susannah York, Barbra Streisand, Paul Newman, Melinda Dillon, Jessica Lange, Dustin Hoffman, Teri Garr, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Holly Hunter. Young and Lange won Oscars for their performances in Pollack’s films.

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