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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.

Movie Data


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



Cast 44

  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

  7. Sydney Pollack

    Sydney Pollack
    George Fields

  8. George Gaynes

    George Gaynes
    John Van Horn

  9. Geena Davis
  10. Doris Belack
  11. Ellen Foley

    Ellen Foley

  12. PG
  13. Lynne Thigpen
  14. RL

    Ronald L. Schwary
    Phil Weintraub

  15. Debra Mooney

    Debra Mooney
    Mrs. Mallory

  16. AL
  17. KS
  18. Susan Merson
  19. MR

    Michael Ryan
    Middle-Aged Man

  20. RD

    Robert D. Wilson
    Stage Hand

  21. JC

    James Carruthers
    Middle-Aged Man

  22. Estelle Getty

    Estelle Getty
    Middle-Aged Woman

  23. Christine Ebersole
  24. BP

    Bernie Pollack
    Actor #1

  25. SS

    Sam Stoneburner
    Actor #2

  26. ML

    Marjorie Lovett

  27. BS
  28. Sv
  29. AS

    Anne Shropshire
    Mrs. Crawley

  30. MS

    Murray Schisgal
    Party guest

  31. RW
  32. Jim Jansen

    Jim Jansen
    Stage Manager #2

  33. Tom Mardirosian

    Tom Mardirosian
    Stage Manager

  34. GR

    Gavin Reed

  35. AK

    Annie Korzen
    Autograph Hound

  36. IW

    Ibbits Warriner
    Autograph Hound

  37. Lois de Banzie

    Lois de Banzie
    Autograph Hound

  38. SP

    Stephen Prutting
    Autograph Hound

  39. Tobin Bell

    Tobin Bell
    Waiter (uncredited)

  40. PB

    Phillip Borsos

  41. JD

    Jim Dratfield
    Acting Student (uncredited)

  42. John Kapelos

    John Kapelos
    Actor at Party (uncredited)

  43. JW

    Joyce Worsley
    Shocked Bystander as Dorothy Grabs a Cab (uncredited)

  44. Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol
    Himself (uncredited)

Crew 33


  1. PS

    Peter S. Larkin
    Production Design

  2. TC

    Thomas C. Tonery
    Set Decoration


  1. Owen Roizman

    Owen Roizman
    Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

  1. RM

    Ruth Morley
    Costume Design

  2. BP

    Bernie Pollack
    Costume Supervisor


  1. JR

    Jimmy Raitt
    Property Master

  2. WF

    Wayne Fitzgerald
    Title Graphics

  3. PH
  4. PR

    Philip Rogers
    Sound Recordist


  1. Sydney Pollack

    Sydney Pollack

  2. RB

    Renee Bodner
    Script Supervisor

  3. DM

    David McGiffert
    Assistant Director

  4. Joseph P. Reidy

    Joseph P. Reidy
    Assistant Director


  1. FS
  2. WS
  3. DB

    Don Brochu
    Assistant Editor

  4. JS

    Jill Savitt
    Assistant Editor


  1. Sydney Pollack

    Sydney Pollack

  2. DR

    Dick Richards

  3. CE

    Charles Evans
    Executive Producer

  4. Lynn Stalmaster
  5. Gerald R. Molen

    Gerald R. Molen
    Unit Production Manager

  6. RL
  7. SF

    Sylvia Fay


  1. Dave Grusin

    Dave Grusin
    Original Music Composer

  2. EB

    Else Blangsted
    Music Editor

  3. GD


  1. LG

    Larry Gelbart

  2. Don McGuire

    Don McGuire

  3. RG

    Robert Garland

  4. MS

    Murray Schisgal

  5. Barry Levinson

    Barry Levinson

  6. Elaine May

    Elaine May

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