Sydney Pollack (1982)

15 Certificate


Our Score
One of the highlights of Dustin Hoffman's illustrious career, this cross-dressing comedy drama avoids all the obvious pitfalls and manages to make some pertinent comments about the role of women within both showbiz and society. Hoffman's Dorothy Michaels is a wonderfully realised creation and testament to the actor's painstaking preparation for a part. Director Sydney Pollack judges the shifts in tone to perfection, but special mention should be made of his clever pastiche of daytime soaps. Nominated for ten Oscars, the film landed only one - a best supporting statuette for Jessica Lange, who pipped co-star Teri Garr to the award.


A New York actor's difficult reputation has rendered him unemployable. When a TV soap advertises a new female role, he disguises himself as a woman for the audition - and wins the part. But the character proves so popular, he is forced to keep up the pretence indefinitely. Comedy, starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange and Bill Murray. Directed by Sydney Pollack, who makes a cameo appearance as Hoffman's agent.

Cast & Crew

Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels Dustin Hoffman
Julie Jessica Lange
Sandy Teri Garr
Ron Dabney Coleman
Les Charles Durning
Jeff Bill Murray
George Fields Sydney Pollack
John Van Horn George Gaynes
April Geena Davis
Rita Doris Belack
Jacqui Ellen Foley
Rick Peter Gatto
Director Sydney Pollack
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray