The Best of Dustin Hoffman: 20 Essential Roles

From 'The Graduate' to 'The Simpsons,' looking back on the best of the actor's big-screen and small-screen work

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'Dick Tracy' (1990)

You can debate the merits of Warren Beatty's cartoonish take on Chester Gould's comic-strip detective all day long – what's unassailable, however, is what a blast Hoffman's incomprehensible hood is to watch. Mumbles is just one of Al Pacino's Richard III-riffing Big Boy rogues-gallery of grotesques, but Hoffman turns this extended cameo into a glorified goof: His transformation of repeated I-didn't-do-its into a blurred string of slurred consonants ("Idiadoihidiadoihidiadoihidiadoih") is hilarious. We'll take the back and forth of him and Beatty during an interrogation scene over most of Ishtar.

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