The 1982 film starring Dustin Hoffman was directed by Sydney Pollack. Hoffman stars as actor Michael Dorsey, who has a reputation for being difficult and so decides to dress as a woman named Dorothy Michaels to get a part on a soap opera. Complications ensue when he falls for his female co-star and his co-star's father gets a crush on him.
Hoffman took social media by storm recently when a video of him speaking about how "Tootsie" changed his view of women became popular.
"I went home and started crying talking to my wife," the actor said of the time after he got his makeup test. "I said, ‘I have to make this picture’… I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself onscreen, and I know that if I met myself at a party, I know I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think women have to have in order for us to ask them out… there’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I’ve been brainwashed.
"That was never a comedy for me," the actor added.