It's a case of mistaken identity, identity crises, love and lust, man versus woman and man versus man - all wrapped in a funny and intelligent screenplay that never takes itself too seriously, yet which allows the characters (especially Michael) to grow and develop.
In the end, Tootsie is a remarkably enjoyable romantic comedy with outstanding performances - and as Hoffman learns what life is like on the other side of the gender divide we get some interesting insight into male/female relationships and the psyches of both sexes.
The concept sounds unbelievable, but in the hands of the screenwriters, director Sydney Pollack, and the outstanding cast (which also includes Dabney Coleman, Bill Murray, and Geena Davis) it all becomes believable.
The 25th anniversary DVD is presented in widescreen video and, though a tad grainy, the picture looks good. Audio is Dolby Digital 5.0, though it sounded pretty much like mono to us. Byt picture and sound quality are good.
Extras include a terrific "making of" feature "A Better Man", some deleted scenes and some original test footage of Hoffman. The "making of" documentary is well worth seeing, not only for its insights into "Tootsie," but into filmmaking as well.
Tootsie, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
116 min, widescreen (2.40:1), Dolby Digital 5.0
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Bill Murray
Produced by Sydney Pollack and Dick Richards
Written by Larry Gelbart and Murray Shisgal, directed by Sydney Pollack.
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