Michael Dorsey is an unemployed actor with an impossible reputation. In order to find work and fund his friend's play he dresses as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, and lands the part in a daytime drama. Dorsey loses himself in this woman role and essentially becomes Dorothy Michaels, captivating women all around the city and inspiring them to break free from the control of men and become more like Dorsey's initial identity. This newfound role, however, lands Dorsey in a hot spot between a female friend/'lover,' a female co-star he falls in love with, that co-star's father who falls in love with him, and a male co-star who yearns for his affection.

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  1. Murray Schisgal


  2. Don McGuire


  3. Elaine May


  4. Larry Gelbart


  5. Barry Levinson


  6. Sydney Pollack


  7. Robert Garland


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  1. Dustin Hoffman

    Dustin Hoffman

    Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels

  2. Jessica Lange

    Jessica Lange

    Julie Nichols

  3. Teri Garr

    Teri Garr


  4. Dabney Coleman

    Dabney Coleman

    Ron Carlisle

  5. Charles Durning

    Charles Durning

    Les Nichols

  6. Bill Murray

    Bill Murray

    Jeff Slater

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 56m

Budget $21,000,000.00

Revenue $177,200,000.00

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Release Information

  • December 16, 1982
    PG, Theatrical



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