Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack, George Gaynes, Geena Davis
New York actor Michael Dorsey is a talented perfectionist who is so hard on himself and others that his agent can no longer find work for him. After a soap opera audition goes poorly, Michael reinvents himself as actress Dorothy Michaels and wins the part. What was supposed to be a short-lived role turns into a long-term contract, but when Michael falls for his cast mate Julie, complications develop that could wreck everything.
One of the best movies of the early 80's. It seems like all major male actors have to play a man in drag for some reason or play a gay role. I have heard like a lot, but when you look back on some actors careers, you can see that there may be some truth to it. Just look at this movie. You have Dustin Hoffman playing a straight man that starts going drag for work on a soap opera. He falls for a woman while he is in drag, but she does not know that he is a man. The story just by itself, does not sound the best. The great part of all of this is that this is a great movie. I loved it when I saw it as a kid, and I still love it.
The cast was the best part of the movie. There are some of the best comedic talent in the acting then. Sydney Pollack directed the movie, but he is also in the movie showing off his talent as a comic. He has really good timing. Bill Murray is not in the movie that much, and he is not showing his talent at all. He is very toned down, but it still works. Geena Davis had a small role in the movie, but no one really knew who she was yet. She was just getting started. Teri Garr does no wrong in my book. I have always been a fan of her. She is just so funny without trying to be funny. She makes it look effortlessly. The main for the movie is wonderful.
There are no complaints at all with the cast or the movie.
The theme song for the movie is still one of my favorite songs, "It Might Be You" sung by Stephen Bishop. It is a wonderful song. It is really sweet with a hint of sadness.
Dustin Hoffman did not really consider this movie to be a comedy, and I would have to agree with him. There are several serious parts to the movie dealing with relationships and how woman are treated in the world and the workplace. There are several different levels to this movie. With all of that being said, there are still some funny moments in the movie.
If you have not seen this movie yet, then what are you waiting for. It is a great movie for the whole family. Watch this movie. You will not regret it. Enjoy.
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