Written by Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal, and Don McGuire
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Terri Garr, Charles Durning, Sydney Pollack, and Bill Murray
Tootsie is one of the funniest movies ever made, provoking timeless laughs in practically every scene. You could make a case that it’s a romantic comedy, but let’s call it a comedy because the romance takes a while to develop. The high-concept story has a lot of old-time farce in it, complete with cross-dressing, quick changes, and slamming doors, but it also manages to go deeper, taking a man/woman through a believable and heart-felt transformation. By all reports, the making of this movie was as frantic as the story, with a parade of writers, last-minute changes, and a temperamental star, but somehow the final product emerged as pure comic perfection.