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Tootsie (1982)

Episode #16

Tootsie (1982)Columbia Pictures released Tootsie to theaters on December 17, 1982. Sydney Pollack directed the film starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, and Teri Garr.

‘Tootsie’ Criterion Summary

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.

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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

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Columbia Pictures released Tootsie to theaters on December 17, 1982. Sydney Pollack directed the film starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, and Teri Garr.

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    1. I didn’t know that about her. She’s one of my favorite actresses from the 70s and 80s–lots of great films she was in.

  1. Hi, Eddie. I didn’t know that about Teri. It’s sad that even some of our most talented are still human. I saw she was recently struggling w health issues though. She’s really a funny, quirky actress. “Mr. Mom”, “Young Frankenstein”, and hearing her manic “Tootsie” scream again in “Let It Ride” always made me laugh. She deserved that Oscar for “Tootsie”. I know we all wish her our best. Thanks for letting us know, Eddie. 🙂

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