Tootsie - 25th Anniversary Edition
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Digitally Remastered Audio and Video make this comedy a pleasure to warch. Dustin Hohhman does a superb job as an actor in need of money and willing to play the role of a lifetime.
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I can't think of another movie more perfectly cast except.... maybe... Casablanca? Jessica Lange is perfect as the beautiful soap actress and love interest. Charles Durning is perfect as the sweet older man who falls in love with Dustin's "Dorothy". Terri Garr is perfect as the insecure female friend who loses the role on the soap to "Dorothy". Bill Murray is great in his few scenes - this is one of the first movies where we actually got to see him "act". Dabney Coleman is perfect as the arrogant director of the soap who cheats on poor Jessica. Director Sydney Pollack wisely casts himself perfectly as Dustin's exasperated agent. (The scene early on where he informs Dustin that NO ONE will hire him because he's too "difficult" is fantastic.) Lastly, Dustin Hoffman is perfect as the actor who becomes a better man by pretending to be a woman.
The film is full of situations that turn your expectations sideways - I'd give examples, but that would ruin your enjoyment if you haven't seen it yet! Trust me - just watch this movie - but only if you want to be entertained!
Shakespeare never devised for his Italian comedies a plot as complicated as the one Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal provided for Tootsie. Under Pollack's direction, all of the cast members provide brilliant performances, notably Bill Murray as Michael's friend Jeff and George Gaynes as John Van Horn, another cast member. Jessica Lange was selected to receive an Academy Award as best actress and deserved it. Much of this film is hilarious, it is always entertaining, but as I indicated previously, having seen it again recently, I find it much bolder and more thought-provoking now than I did 21 years ago. To some, perhaps, its serious implications may even seem threatening.
With an excellent script, superb acting and a hilarious story, it was completely unsurprising that "Tootsie" earned 10 Oscar nominations, including nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Syndey Pollack), Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. Dustin Hoffman was nominated for Best Actor and both Teri Garr and Jessica Lange were nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Of all the Oscar nominations, only Jessica Lange won the Oscar. Dustin Hoffman won the Golden Globe for Best Actor, as did Jessica Lange for Best Supporting Actress. The number of Oscar nominations that the film earned demonstrated the many strengths of the film, not to mention that the film will keep you laughing and fully engaged!Read more ›
The diminutive method actor has produced extraordinary things on screen, ranging from playing an autistic savant, a singer, journalist etc... With the cross-dress revolution of Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman stretched his talents to the limit. Clearly influeced by Some Like it Hot, Tootsie put the emphasis on winning a part in a soap opera for Hoffman's character to dress himself up as a women. Although not as brilliant as Some Like it Hot, Tootsie is infinitely superior to Mrs Doubtfire.
We all know Robin Williams can do comedy but Hoffman's star turn here is much more refreshing. Tootsie is also superior in many other respects. "Doubfire" was more of a showcase for Williams' talents and with the dramatic interest of the character seeing his children as the motivation behind it all, the story is far less enjoyable. Here the story takes an engaging twist as Hoffman fall in love with a member of the cast(a charming Jessica Lange), becoming a better person as a result and a more open individual.
Sydney Pollock's assured direction, a host of star-making turns and a script peppered with amusing scenes and classic lines, Tootsie should be enough to please most parties. Only George Gaynes(Lassard in Police Academy)disappoints, looking far too old to take part in a soap opera. The first 15 minutes are rather dull and slow but when the ball starts rolling, Tootsie is effortlessly easy to watch. A gem.
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For some reason, I get an error message, saying it is not authorized for playback in my area.Published 1 month ago by Wendy
Criterion nous ramène ce classique de Sydney Pollackavec Dustin Hoffman.Un film qui vaut la peine d`être vu avec cette belle restauration et plusieurs bonus... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ben Mears
Although this is what i had ordered, the sound quality is very poor in English. I have a huge collection of Blu-ray movies and currently replacing my existing collection of DVD to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michel Chenard
What a tightly scripted, beautifully acted, finely paced comedy! Having seen it a long time ago, I felt it must've been very much like an older version of Mrs Doubtfire, but this... Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by Nearly Nubile
Dustin Hoffman is a fantastic character actor, one of the all time greats. He is superb in this movie. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004
Anyone who says this movie plays off of other cross-dressing movies is seriously mistaking. Tootsie enhanced it. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Mark
Dustin Hoffman can do any role (well, maybe not a drool-all-over-me romantic lead), and he does each one sooo well, including the 'idiot savant' in Rainman. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Peggy Vincent