7.0/10
3,152
28 user 15 critic

The Turning Point (1977)

Trailer
2:00 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Nominated for 11 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Julia (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards
Nijinsky (1980)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant but headstrong premier... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Alan Bates, George De La Pena, Leslie Browne
Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young accompanist named Sophie Vasseur gets a job with famed singer Irene Brice. As Irene's husband Charles, a businessman collaborating with the Nazis, wrestles ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Elena Safonova, Romane Bohringer
White Nights (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski
IXE-13 (1972)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The (french-)canadian first-rate spy have to fight with a chinese woman spy working for the nazis and in love with him.

Director: Jacques Godbout
Stars: Louise Forestier, André Dubois, Serge Grenier
Tit Coq (1953)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After returning home from war, an ill-tempered young soldier must deal with his sweetheart having married another man.

Directors: René Delacroix, Gratien Gélinas
Stars: Amanda Alarie, George Alexander, Fred Barry
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A young boy learns the rituals of what his father and his friends perceive as manhood on a weekend hunting trip.

Director: Francis Mankiewicz
Stars: Guy L'Ecuyer, Marcel Sabourin, Pierre Dufresne
Post Mortem (1999)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A mother who supports her child with a credit card scam and an accused rapist meet and form a unique bond.

Director: Louis Bélanger
Stars: Gabriel Arcand, Sylvie Moreau, Hélène Loiselle
Des dames de coeur (1986–1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of four modern women in their forties, facing the hard reality of urban life.

Stars: Dorothée Berryman, Raymond Bouchard, Andrée Boucher
Boney (1972–1973)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Stars: James Laurenson, Kate Fitzpatrick, David Gulpilil
Les forges de Saint-Maurice (TV Series 1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stars: Bernard Assiniwi, Serge Bossac, Alpha Boucher
Jamais deux sans toi (TV Series 1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Stars: Jean Besré, Yvon Bilodeau, Margot Campbell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Wayne
...
...
...
Adelaide
Antoinette Sibley ...
Sevilla Haslam
...
Madame Dahkarova
Starr Danias ...
Carolyn
...
Carter
...
Michael
Daniel Levins ...
Arnold (as Daniel Levans)
Scott Douglas ...
Freddie
...
Janina
Phillip Saunders ...
Ethan
Edit

Storyline

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 has nearly passed. Both want what the other has and reflect on missed chances as they are brought together again through Deedee's daughter, who joins the company. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The generations change. But the choices remain the same.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Momento de decisión  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First of two collaborations of actress Leslie Browne and actor-dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. The films are Dancers (1987) and The Turning Point (1977). Both pictures were directed by Herbert Ross. See more »

Goofs

When Baryshnikov finishes his continuum pirouettes at the Coda of Don Quixote his hair is all messy. At the Camera cut the immediate new shot he is perfectly brushed and gelled up. See more »

Quotes

Emma Jacklin: Am I like you?
Emilia: I don't know...
See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Dancing! (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleeping Beauty Ballet: Pas de deux (Aurora's Wedding)
(title uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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?


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Leslie Browne Pamactress
Anne Bancroft at 46???? NewEnglandAutumn
Out of print DVD? mp989
I hated this movie fletchokee
Original choices? destrada71
Music CD HRHLaurie1894
Discuss The Turning Point (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?