Thursday, May 3, 2012
Tootsie - 25th Anniversary Edition
#62 (1998) and #69 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 American Movies List
Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to go to extreme lengths to land a job. The movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange, with a supporting cast that includes Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Geena Davis, Bill Murray, and producer/director Sydney Pollack. Tootsie was adapted by Larry Gelbart, Barry Levinson (uncredited), Elaine May (uncredited) and Murray Schisgal from the story by Gelbart.
In 1998 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. The theme song to the film, "It Might Be You" sung by singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop, and composed by Dave Grusin / Marilyn and Alan Bergman was a Top 40 hit in the U.S., and also hit #1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart.
Jessica Lange won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Julie Nichols. The movie earned a total of 10 Academy Awards nominations.
* Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels
* Jessica Lange as Julie Nichols
* Teri Garr as Sandy Lester
* Dabney Coleman as Ron Carlisle
* Charles Durning as Leslie "Les" Nichols
* Bill Murray as Jeff Slater
* Sydney Pollack as George Fields
* George Gaynes as John Van Horn
* Geena Davis as April Page
* Doris Belack as Rita Marshall
* Lynne Thigpen as Jo
* Estelle Getty as Middle Aged Woman
The film was nominated for a total of ten Academy Awards, winning only one.
The nominations were:
* Best Picture (Nomination)
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Dustin Hoffman (Nomination)
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Teri Garr (Nomination)
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Jessica Lange (WINNER)
* Best Directing - Sydney Pollack (Nomination)
* Best Original Screenplay (Nomination)
* Best Original Song (It Might Be You) (Nomination)
* Best Sound - Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander and Les Lazarowitz (Nomination)
* Best Cinematography (Nomination)
* Best Film Editing (Nomination)