Trivia & Fun Facts About TOOTSIE
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The movie cost $20-25 million (expensive for its time) but grossed more than $177 million in the U.S. alone. It was the number two box office success for 1983 and in 1985 was number 10 on the list of the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time.
The Ratings Board originally gave the film an R rating, largely because of the brief use of the "F" word in the scene where Michael prepares Sandy for her audition. Pollack appealed and got a PG rating.
After a background in television directing, Sydney Pollack went on to have one of the most successful contemporary film careers, both behind the camera and as an occasional actor. He won a Best Director Academy Award for Out of Africa (1985), and in addition to Tootsie was also nominated for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). He also directed Bobby Deerfield (1977), Absence of Malice (1981), The Firm (1993) and Random Hearts (1999), as well as several other popular and acclaimed works.
As a producer, Pollack has overseen the production of 39 films, both his own and other directors', including The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003).
As an actor, Pollack has made appearances in several of his own movies as well as such films as Robert Altman's The Player (1992), Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives (1992) and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
Pollack met Robert Redford when both were in the cast of War Hunt (1962). The two became good friends and collaborators. Pollack directed Redford in seven films: This Property Is Condemned (1966), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Electric Horseman (1979), Out of Africa (1985) and Havana (1990).
Larry Gelbart began his writing career in the 1950s on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, a TV series that also boosted the careers of comedy writers Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. He was also the Emmy-winning writer of the TV series M.A.S.H.. Gelbart wrote the play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which was made into a film in 1966.
by Rob Nixon