Dustin Hoffman is one of my favourite American actors. He is known to have hand picked his roles throughout his career and only appeared in features that spoke to him. All his movies address social issues and have a strong message behind them – Respect.
Top three list + bonus:
- ‘The Graduate’ by Mike Nichols (1967). Dustin plays the role of a graduate, Benjamin Braddock, who is caught in an affair with Ms. Robinson. This movie is one of the most studied films at films schools. Get ready to witness splendid acting and really beautiful shots throughout the film. My favourite scene is the last one on the bus. Here’s the song that made it to the 6th place in the top 100 best songs of cinema:
- ‘Rainman’ by Barry Levinson (1988). The film won four Oscar and stars Tom Cruise – one of my favourites with him along with ‘Jerry Maguire’. The movie is a touching story is about two brothers and the love they develop for one another.
“It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who discovers that his estranged father has died and bequeathed all of his fortune to his other son, Raymond, an autistic savant of whose existence Charlie was unaware.”
- ‘Tootsie’ by Sydney Pollack (1982) is an accurate portrayal of what actors have to go through on a daily basis and how far they are willing to go to secure a role. Like most actors, I get told that I’m not this, not enough that; we can all relate to Michael Dorset.
BONUS: ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ (1979) by Robert Benton mirrors the hardships of divorce, custody battles and the difficulties in raising a child as a single parent. Meryl Streep plays the part of the mother who momentarily abandons her child in pursuit of her own happiness. This is a really interesting film that addresses many issues married couples face.