Dustin Hoffman fans will definitely want to pop the corn and get comfortable on the sofa this Saturday night, March 16. Turner Classic Movies cable television channel is celebrating the two time Oscar winning actor’s work with a five film marathon beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tune in to Roanoke Cox Cable channel 307 or set your recorder for these must-see films.
Hoffman’s brilliant Oscar nominated cross-dressing performance in “Tootsie” kicks off the evening. This smash hit comedy from 1982 plays just as great now as it did then and is better than you might remember. Hoffman plays the dual roles of out of work actor Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels, the sensational new soap opera star he becomes out of desperation. The all-star cast includes Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, the recently deceased Charles Durning, Bill Murray and the late great Sydney Pollack, who also directed. Beautifully written, touching and laugh-out-loud funny.
Following at 10 p.m. is 1970’s “Little Big Man.” This wild western-adventure-comedy from director Arthur Penn sees Dusty age from a young man to a 121 year old legend with a life to rival any dime novel. Faye Dunaway and Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Chief Dan George co-star.
“John and Mary” is up next at 12:30 a.m. It’s a little known 1969 film pairing Hoffman with Mia Farrow in a sort of backwards love story. They meet and fall instantly into bed then spend the movie getting to know each other. Hoffman won a Best Actor BAFTA and Farrow was a BAFTA nominee.
2:15 a.m. brings the 1967 classic “The Graduate.” For those who don’t already know, Anne Bancroft’s ultimate cougar Mrs. Robinson was immortalized in the Simon & Garfunkel song. She and Hoff received Oscar nominations and Director Mike Nichols won.
Finally at 4:15 a.m. is “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). Hoff and Meryl Streep both won their first Academy Awards with powerhouse performances in this definitive divorce and custody drama. Oscars also went to Robert Benton’s script and direction and to Best Picture.