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The Turning Point (1977)

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 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>

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18 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Momento de decisión  »

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Leslie Browne replaced the American Ballet Theatre's Gelsey Kirkland in the role of Emilia. Kirkland withdrew from the picture due to a recurring muscle injury. Browne is the daughter of Kelly Brown and Isobel Miro whose true life story inspired the movie. See more »

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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 »

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Emma Jacklin: How not?
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Partings (2006) See more »

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My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)
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Music by Harry Warren
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Timeless coming of age
7 November 2000 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This movie is particularly relevant for people in Oklahoma City, with all of the references to the city. This is possibly because two of the stars of the Ballet Russe settled here, Mikhail Terekov and Yvonne Chouteau. Ms. Chouteau was returning to her home state where she and her husband established the state ballet company and the dance program at the University of Oklahoma. There were quite a few chuckles in the audience when I first saw this movie. I was a ballet student and viewed the movie through the eyes of Amelia, about to begin a new life. Now as I watch it, I see it through the eyes of the older characters. The turning point is not just the young dancers starting their careers, but also the older dancers moving off the stage and into the background. The performances are sterling, as is the dancing. If nothing else, it is dancing at it's best, preserved forever on film. The various pas de duex performed are some of the most beloved in ballet. I would recommend this movie to any dance enthusiast as a great behind-the-scene film.


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