When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

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The story of two women whose lives are dedicated to ballet. Deedee left her promising dance career to become a wife and mother and now runs a ballet school in Oklahoma. Emma stayed with a company and became a star though her time is nearly past. Both want what the other has and reflects back on missed chances as they are brought together again through Deedee's daughter who joins the company. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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The generations change. But the choices remain the same.

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First of two collaborations of director Herbert Ross and actor-dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. The films are Dancers (1987) and The Turning Point (1977). Baryshnikov' turned down the lead role of Vaslav Nijinsky in Ross' Nijinsky (1980). Instead, Baryshnikov returned to the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and took up a promotion in the senior position of Artistic Director. See more »

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When Amelia finishes her first solo part in the climactic Don Quixote pas de deux, her mother (Shirley MacLaine) clearly yells, "Bravo." As a ballerina herself, the mother should have yelled, "Brava." See more »

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Emma Jacklin: It didn't work out.
Emilia: Oh, so what? He liked boys better than girls?
Emma Jacklin: Oh, not exactly. He knew my priority was dancing.
Emilia: Are you... sorry?
Emma Jacklin: No. I don't believe in being sorry. We are what we are.
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References Alice in Wonderland (1951) See more »

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Sleeping Beauty Ballet: Pas de deux (Aurora's Wedding)
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky)
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Great Point ****
7 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Emma and Didi shine in this memorable film looking at the world of ballet. Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook et al of "The Red Shoes" of 1948 would have certainly been proud of it.

The ballet sequences are marvelously staged and beautifully realized by the cast.

Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine received best actress nominations in their respective roles. It is when Leslie Browne, who was nominated for best supporting actress, becomes a ballerina, that her mother (MacLaine) looks back at the career she gave up for marriage and family. She meets her old friend and rival-Bancroft-who pursued her career at the expense of never marrying.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, the great Russian ballet dancer, is fabulous here and was even nominated for best supporting actor.

"The Turning Point" received 11 Oscar nominations. It walked away with no awards. Was Hollywood's lack of culture shown here?


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