(out of 5)

One of the funniest comedies you’ll ever see, this one also features one of ‘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 () 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 (, 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  as one of the soap’s co-stars.

Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mirage Enterprises, Punch Productions, Delphi Films

USA, 1982

Directed by

Story by , , Screenplay by Larry Gelbart,

Cinematography by

Produced by Sydney Pollack,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1982

Boston Film Critics Awards 1982.  

Golden Globe Awards 1982

National Board of Review Awards 1982.  

New York Film Critics Awards 1982.

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