A Comparison of “Tootsie” and “Rudy”


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A Comparison of "Tootsie" and "Rudy"
The films Tootsie (1982) and Rudy (1993) are two examples of stubborn, persistent protagonists being denied a dream and taking steps to achieve it that involve talent and hard work. In Tootsie, Michael Dorsey is an unemployed actor in New York who is unable to get parts in plays across the city despite his brilliance because he has developed a reputation for being difficult. In the film Rudy, Dan E. “Rudy” Ruettigan is a young man who is desperate to play football at the University of Notre Dame but whose poor grades and lack of great physical size make it all but impossible for him to realize his dream.
Rudy stands at five foot six inches tall and one hundred and sixty-five pounds, unimpressive...
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..... wisdom and wit demonstrated by Pollack as a director in illustrating challenges faced by women in the working world through the guise of a man posing as a woman is a textbook example of how to explore social issues with a light, subtle touch that avoids alienating an audience through humor that stands the test of time.
Works Cited
Anspaugh, David et. al.Rudy. Perf. Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, Lili Taylor and Jason Miller. Tri-Star Pictures1993.
Pollack, Sydney.Tootsie. Perf. Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack, Teri Garr, Jessica Lange, Dabney Coleman, Lynn Thigpen. motion picture1982.
Walter, R. Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing. Plume, 2010. Print.