Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1982. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mirage Enterprises, Punch Productions, Delphi Films. Story by Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart, Screenplay by Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal. Cinematography by Owen Roizman. Produced by Sydney Pollack, Dick Richards, Ronald L. Schwary. Music by Dave Grusin. Production Design by Peter S. Larkin. Costume Design by Ruth Morley. Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp. Academy Awards 1982. Boston Film Critics Awards 1982. Golden Globe Awards 1982. National Board of Review Awards 1982. New York Film Critics Awards 1982.
One of the funniest comedies you’ll ever see, this one also features one of Dustin Hoffman‘s best performances. He’s a riot as a struggling actor who has trouble getting hired because of how difficult he is to work with. Desperately in need of cash to finance the play his roommate (Bill Murray) has written for him to star in, Hoffman dresses himself up as a woman and wins a role on a soap opera, eventually becoming a huge star on the airwaves. Trouble is, he finds himself falling in love with the female star of the show (Jessica Lange, who is delightful), but to tell her would mean revealing his true identity. Hoffman looks astoundingly good in the lead role, and Sydney Pollack directs with exceptional finesse; he would never again make so efficient a film. Also features an appearance by a then slightly-known Geena Davis as one of the soap’s co-stars.