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* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/VictorVictoria'', which is about an unemployed female singer who disguises herself as a man to get work as a drag queen. It premiered the previous winter and directly went up against this film in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Academy Awards (''Tootsie'' won, for Jessica Lange), both films getting a clutch of nominations. While ''Tootsie'' was ultimately the more successful of the two with critics and audiences, ''Victor/Victoria'' also did very well. Interestingly, both films later received {{Screen To Stage Adaptation}}s, but were separated by years instead of months.


* DeletedScene: In a deleted scene, film critic Gene Shalit interviews Dorothy Michaels. A photo of them together appears on one of the magazine covers.

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* DeletedScene: In a deleted scene, film critic Gene Shalit interviews Dorothy Michaels. A photo of them together appears on one of the magazine covers.covers in the finished film, while the original scene appears as a bonus feature on the Criterion DVD release.


** Creator/MichaelCaine, Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/DudleyMoore and Creator/PeterSellers were considered for Michael Dorsey.

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** Creator/MichaelCaine, Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/GeorgeHamilton, Creator/DudleyMoore and Creator/PeterSellers were considered for Michael Dorsey.


* PlayingAgainstType: Charles Durning to that point was exclusively a hard-nosed heavy. Here, he got to play an unambiguously sweet NiceGuy in a comedy. (His comedic chops led to his UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated role in ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''.)

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* PlayingAgainstType: Charles Durning Creator/CharlesDurning to that point was exclusively a hard-nosed heavy. Here, he got to play an unambiguously sweet NiceGuy in a comedy. (His comedic chops led to his UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated role in ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''.)


* DeletedScene: In a deleted scene, film critic Gene Shalit interviews Dorothy Michaels.

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* DeletedScene: In a deleted scene, film critic Gene Shalit interviews Dorothy Michaels. A photo of them together appears on one of the magazine covers.


** Creator/MichaelCaine, Creator/DudleyMoore and Creator/PeterSellers were considered for Michael Dorsey.
** Creator/ChevyChase auditioned for a role.

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** Creator/MichaelCaine, Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/DudleyMoore and Creator/PeterSellers were considered for Michael Dorsey.
** Creator/ChevyChase auditioned for a role.
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* CreativeDifferences: Creator/DustinHoffman and Creator/SydneyPollack reportedly fought often and loudly over the shape of the story and the approach to the material. Hoffman was said to favor an outrageous comic exploration of the craft of acting, while Pollack was more attuned to the relationships and didn't believe audiences cared much about an actor's life and work.


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* ProductionNickname: The film's tense production caused the crew to dub it "Troubled Tootsie".

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** Creator/HalAshby was assigned as director, but he was forced to leave the project by Columbia Pictures because of the threat of legal action if his post-production commitments on ''Lookin' to Get Out'' were not fulfilled.


* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Most of Creator/BillMurray's dialogue was improvised.

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: DeletedScene: In a deleted scene, film critic Gene Shalit interviews Dorothy Michaels.
* DescendedCreator: Creator/SydneyPollack plays Michael's agent, largely as a way of venting his issues with Creator/DustinHoffman.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny:
Most of Creator/BillMurray's dialogue was improvised.



* RecycledSoundtrack: The "Working Girl March" by Dave Grusin was recycled by Creator/MarkGoodson Production for three different pilots: 1983's ''Star Words'' and ''Series/BodyLanguage'', and 1986's ''On A Roll''. Only ''Body Language'' went to series and as a result, Edd Kalehoff composed a SuspiciouslySimilarSong (and in turn, the ticket plug that Kalehoff composed would be reused for '' Classic Series/{{Concentration}}'' starting in 1987).


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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The script was still being rewritten as filming began. In fact, so many writers appeared before the Writers' Guild panel seeking to be credited that the arbitration over it delayed the release.


* TheDanza: Amy Lawrence plays...Amy.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Most of Creator/BillMurray's dialogue was improvised.



* RetroactiveRecognition:
** One of Creator/GeenaDavis' earliest roles as "Dorothy"'s castmate.
** [[Series/TheGoldenGirls Estelle Getty]] has a blink-and-you-miss-it role as an elderly woman on a dance floor.
* ThrowItIn: Most of Creator/BillMurray's dialogue was improvised.


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* UncreditedRole:
** Creator/BillMurray agreed to omit his name from the opening credits to prevent audiences expecting a "Bill Murray" movie.
** Creator/AndyWarhol has an unbilled cameo as himself.
** Robert Garland did uncredited work on the script.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/MichaelCaine, Creator/DudleyMoore and Creator/PeterSellers were considered for Michael Dorsey.
** Creator/ChevyChase auditioned for a role.
** Music/{{Cher}} was up for the role of Julie Nichols.


* ThrowItIn: Most of Bill Murray's dialogue was improvised.
* TroubledProduction: The film was often referred to this way while it was being made. There were script problems aplenty, even during shooting, until Creator/ElaineMay fixed them (and came up with Bill Murray's part). [[Creator/DustinHoffman Hoffman]] and director Creator/SydneyPollack feuded so intensely over small things that Hoffman ended up suggesting that Pollack play his agent so they could get that into the film (and, perhaps, give Pollack a chance to vent). It became one of the rare instances where the drama behind the drama resulted in a better film.

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* ThrowItIn: Most of Bill Murray's Creator/BillMurray's dialogue was improvised.
* TroubledProduction: The film was often referred to this way while it was being made. There were script problems aplenty, even during shooting, until Creator/ElaineMay fixed them (and came up with Bill Murray's Creator/BillMurray's part). [[Creator/DustinHoffman Hoffman]] and director Creator/SydneyPollack feuded so intensely over small things that Hoffman ended up suggesting that Pollack play his agent so they could get that into the film (and, perhaps, give Pollack a chance to vent). It became one of the rare instances where the drama behind the drama resulted in a better film.


** One of Geena Davis' earliest roles as "Dorothy"'s castmate.

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** One of Geena Davis' Creator/GeenaDavis' earliest roles as "Dorothy"'s castmate.


* TroubledProduction: The film was often referred to this way while it was being made. There were script problems aplenty, even during shooting, until Creator/ElaineMay fixed them (and came up with Bill Murray's part). [[Creator/DustinHoffman Hoffman]] and director Creator/SydneyPollack feuded so intensely over small things that Hoffman ended up suggesting that Pollack play his agent so they could get that into the film (and, perhaps, give Pollack a chance to vent). It became one of the rare instances where the drama behind the drama resulted in a better film.

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* TroubledProduction: The film was often referred to this way while it was being made. There were script problems aplenty, even during shooting, until Creator/ElaineMay fixed them (and came up with Bill Murray's part). [[Creator/DustinHoffman Hoffman]] and director Creator/SydneyPollack feuded so intensely over small things that Hoffman ended up suggesting that Pollack play his agent so they could get that into the film (and, perhaps, give Pollack a chance to vent). It became one of the rare instances where the drama behind the drama resulted in a better film.film.
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* PlayingAgainstType: Charles Durning to that point was exclusively a hard-nosed heavy. Here, he got to play an unambiguously sweet NiceGuy in a comedy. (His comedic chops led to his AcademyAward-nominated role in ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''.)

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* PlayingAgainstType: Charles Durning to that point was exclusively a hard-nosed heavy. Here, he got to play an unambiguously sweet NiceGuy in a comedy. (His comedic chops led to his AcademyAward-nominated UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated role in ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''.)


* Recycled soundtrack: The "Working Girl March" by Dave Grusin was recycled by Creator/MarkGoodson Production for three different pilots: 1983's ''Star Words'' and ''Series/BodyLanguage'', and 1986's ''On A Roll''. Only ''Body Language'' went to series and as a result, Edd Kalehoff composed a SuspiciouslySimilarSong (and in turn, the ticket plug that Kalehoff composed would be reused for '' Classic Series/{{Concentration}}'' starting in 1987).

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* Recycled soundtrack: RecycledSoundtrack: The "Working Girl March" by Dave Grusin was recycled by Creator/MarkGoodson Production for three different pilots: 1983's ''Star Words'' and ''Series/BodyLanguage'', and 1986's ''On A Roll''. Only ''Body Language'' went to series and as a result, Edd Kalehoff composed a SuspiciouslySimilarSong (and in turn, the ticket plug that Kalehoff composed would be reused for '' Classic Series/{{Concentration}}'' starting in 1987).

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