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Weekly Poll (5/23/04): BEST Dustin Hoffman film?

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View Poll Results: BEST Dustin Hoffman film?
The Graduate (1967)
15
19.23%
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
8
10.26%
Little Big Man (1970)
3
3.85%
Papillon (1973)
5
6.41%
All the President's Men (1976)
9
11.54%
Marathon Man (1976)
3
3.85%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
5
6.41%
Tootsie (1982)
9
11.54%
Rain Man (1988)
13
16.67%
Other (please specify)
8
10.26%
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Weekly Poll (5/23/04): BEST Dustin Hoffman film?

Old 05-23-04, 02:10 AM
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Weekly Poll (5/23/04): BEST Dustin Hoffman film?

BEST film starring Dustin Hoffman?

Films to consider for 'Other':


John & Mary (1969)
Madigan's Million (1969)
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)
Alfredo, Alfredo (1972)
Straw Dogs (1972)
Lenny (1974)
Straight Time (1978)
Agatha (1979)
Ishtar (1987)
Family Business (1989)
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Hero (1991)
Hook (1991)
Outbreak (1995)
American Buffalo (1996)
Sleepers (1996)
Mad City (1997)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Sphere (1998)
Moonlight Mile (2002)
Confidence (2003)
Runaway Jury (2003)





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I was watching a lot of his films on TCM today. Hmm...

Dustin Hoffman is one of my favorite actor's. Every single poll option (excluding other) are his best.

But I chose Midnight Cowboy. I love how he went from The Graduate to Midnight Cowboy and completely changed his mental and physical characteristic traits.

I was blown away by him in Midnight Cowboy. To the much copied "I'm walkin' here" to the numerous cafe scenes to
Spoiler:
his ultimate death
...Ratso had me on the streets with him or in his "ratty" apartment with him...not watching him on a screen.

I love Tootsie as well, but Midnight Cowboy is my favorite.
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Rain Man, he earned thet best supporting actor award,I still think Cruise got screwed though, he should've at least gotten serious best actor consideration
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For me, The Graduate with a bullet.

Not only the best film, but his best acting performance too. A defining role.
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Rain Man. even though I also enjoyed him in Papillon.
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Marathon Man is my favorite.
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Papillon is one of my all time favorite films.
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So many good ones; have to go with the extreme classic The Graduate.
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Tootsie is my favorite
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I went with Tootsie, although The Graduate was a very close second.
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I voted Papillon though I like all but one of the poll options (didn't care much for Marathon Man).
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Voted Marathon man !!
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Tootsie is a delightful one.
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Midnight Cowboy followed by The Graduate.
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All The President's Men
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Not an easy choice, and arguments can be made for each of those titles. I went with All The President's Men as the best film starring Dustin Hoffman, because despite the fact that we know the ending, it's edge-of-your-seat intensity survives repeated viewings.

Now, as for the best Dustin Hoffman performance - again, not an easy choice, but I'd probably go with Tootsie only because there are times when Dustin Hoffman doesn't exist and we only see Dorothy.
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Tough call. I voted All The President's Men
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The Graduate
Midnight Cowboy
All the President's Men
Marathon Man
Kramer vs. Kramer

Are all great great films....but I just love Little Big Man.....
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Voted for All the President's Men, but i just gotta say that I really have very fond memories of Little Big Man.
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I thought this one would be easy--The Graduate running away. Then I saw the list and he's in a lot of my favorites (Papillon, Little Big Man, and Marathon Man, amongst others). I still pick The Graduate, but it's not as clear-cut as I woulda thunk.
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tv version of Death of a Salesman
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I voted Other: Straw Dogs.

If the poll was entitled "Best Dustin Hoffman performance" I would have probably voted different.
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While I was truly wowed by "Straw Dogs" it is far from a great film, let alone great DH film. That said I think it is a toss up between "Midnight Cowboy" which was way over the top and and quirky and there is no way you could picture anyone else in that role and "Kramer vs. Kramer". His fatherly desperation was so raw and emotional that it was pure acting and acting at it's finest. He made that movie the Oscar caliber it is today. Him and only him. If you go back and re-watch it and just focus on DH in that role it really is unbelievable what he accomplished!
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the graduate
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my vote goes to, Papillon

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