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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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$33,600,000
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The film's Gala Performance Programme features excerpts from seven ballets. These were Legende; Vortex; Black Swan Pas De Deux, Swan Lake, Act III; Aurora's Wedding Pas De Deux; Le Corsaire; Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Anna Karenina, the last being a mythical ballet invented specifically for this movie. 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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Rosie: Oh, I had the hots for you back in those days. Only I never came up to you because you were always at the barre. And I didn't look so good in tights. And now the toe shoe is on the other foot.
Deedee Rodgers: Oh, really?
Rosie: Yeah. Now we BOTH don't look so good in tights.
Deedee Rodgers: Speak for yourself.
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Featured in That's Dancing! (1985) See more »

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La Bayadère
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Music by Ludwig Minkus
Arranged by John Lanchbery (uncredited)
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Soap. Pure, clean, good soap.
20 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

A wonderful look inside the world of ballet, even if it is probably all highly refined balonium. A young and rising ballerina learns that great artists are not always great men; a mother would could have been a great ballerina finally has the hair-pulling match with the ballerina who wishes she'd been a mother that's she's wanted to have for years; catty remarks fly in all directions; and everyone is bound together, for good or ill, by their love of one particular form of art. You could bath for years in the suds of the soapy movie, but sometimes there's nothing quite so satisfying as a good soak. See it if you wish "The Ice Storm" had been any good.


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