Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sydney Pollack
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

- I did the necktie scene.

How is it?

It'll change theatre as we know it.

We'll work on it

when we get home tonight.

That's my flounder.

- That is my flounder.

- Robber!

- Ordering:
One flounder...

- That's for the customer!

I eat these things so if the

customers ask if I eat his food...

...I can say, "Yeah, I eat his food."

You rewrote the necktie scene? Good.

- Without the necktie?

- With the necktie.

- With the necktie?

- Yeah, with the necktie.

The necktie's wrong. You take the

necktie out, you got something.

- What's wrong with you?

- What's wrong with me?

What's wrong is it's depressing

to be disagreed with.

It's depression.

Today's your birthday,

and you haven't mentioned it.

Don't start. I'm a character actor.

Age has no effect on me.

- That's very good.

- How does one not be depressed?

Instead of trying to be Michael Dorsey,

the great actor or the great waiter...

...why not just try to be

Michael Dorsey?

I am Michael Dorsey.

What's the payoff?

- Say it like you mean it.

- I am Michael Dorsey. Fine. Okay?


Speech! Speech! Speech!

Wait, wait, wait, wait! Wait a minute.

First a toast.

To Michael Dorsey, who makes you

remember what acting's all about!

Being unemployed!

To Michael...

...who's been my friend for six years.

Was it that long?

And who is my coach.

And he's just great.

He's a great coach, a great actor.

He's a great guy and...

This is a really dumb speech.

Let's get drunk.

Happy birthday!

- How you doing? Michael.

- Patty.

You an actress? Terrific face.

Nice blouse. Who'd you come with?

I don't want a full house

at the Winter Garden Theatre.

I want 90 people who just came out

of the worst rainstorm in history.

These are people who are alive

on the planet...

...until they dry off.

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Larry Gelbart

Larry Simon Gelbart (February 25, 1928 – September 11, 2009) was an American television writer, playwright, screenwriter, director and author, most famous as a creator and producer of the television series M*A*S*H, and as co-writer of Broadway musicals City of Angels and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. more…

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