Dustin Hoffman: In The Frame

  |  Buy to Own: 29/10/2007
  |  761 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


This set contains six films starring Dustin Hoffman. 'Papillon' (1973) is Henri Charriere's account of his life in the infamous and reputedly inescapable Devil's Island prison, brought to the screen with Steve McQueen as its eponymous hero. Refusing to surrender to the cruelty of the prison regime, Papillon protects the bespectacled Louis Dega (Hoffman) from an abusive guard, makes a bid for freedom, and ends up spending a long spell in solitary confinement. When he is finally released back into the main prison, he again refuses to surrender and, along with Dega, makes another escape attempt. In 'Kramer Vs Kramer' (1979), Ted Kramer (Hoffman) is an art director for an ad agency. His wife (Meryl Streep) walks out on him, leaving Ted to care for their son. The additional strain causes Ted to lose his job, although he gradually creates a strong relationship with his boy. When his wife re-appears, demanding custody of the child, Ted decides to fight and is forced to hire an expensive attorney. 'Tootsie' (1982) stars Hoffman as Michael Dorsey, an unemployed actor with a reputation for being 'difficult'. Desperate for work, Michael dresses up in drag in an attempt to land a part in a daytime soap as a mature woman. He succeeds, and achieves instant fame as Dorothea Michaels. However, complications develop when he falls in love with Julie, a female cast member (Jessica Lange). 'Stranger Than Fiction' (2006) tells the tale of Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), a dour Chicago auditor for the Internal Revenue Service who is awakened alone each morning by his Timex watch, eats alone, counts the number of steps he walks for fun, focuses on ways to save time tying his tie, and brushes his teeth exactly 76 times (38 vertical strokes, 38 horizontal). One day, Harold begins to hear a voice that describes his thoughts and actions as if he were a character in a book. Harold attempts to communicate with the speaker, but soon realizes the voice doesn't know that he can hear it. Hoffman plays the literature professor who tries to help him get to the bottom of his trouble. In 'Joan Of Arc' (1999), Hoffman takes the role of The Conscience, a character only visible and audible to the eponymous heroine, played by Milla Jovovich, who leads the French Army against the English and is later betrayed and tried as a witch. In 'Accidental Hero' (1992), petty thief Bernie LaPlante (Hoffman) unintentionally and anonymously saves people involved in a plane crash, an action which triggers a nationwide search for his discovery. This search - led by a TV reporter (Geena Davis) who was on board the plane - unearths homeless Vietnam Veteran John Bubber (Andy Garcia), who comes forward to the claim the million dollar reward.