About

When struggling, out of work actor Michael Dorsey secretly adopts a female alter ego - Dorothy Michaels - in order to land a part in a daytime drama, he unwittingly becomes a feminist icon and ends up in a romantic pickle.

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Directed by

Sydney Pollack

Written by

Larry Gelbart (Screenplay)
Murray Schisgal (Screenplay)
Barry Levinson (Screenplay)
Elaine May (Screenplay)
Don McGuire (Story)

Runtime

116 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

What do you get when you cross a hopelessly straight starving actor with a dynamite red sequined dress? You get America's hottest new actress.

Cast

Keywords

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Photos

Lists

#481 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#69 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#168 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Oscar nomination for Best Director

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen