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The Turning Point (1977)

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

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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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The generations change. But the choices remain the same.

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18 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Momento de decisión  »

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About half-a-dozen people worked on both this Herbert Ross film and his later dance film Dancers (1987) made and released around a decade later. These included Ross, producer Nora Kaye, actor Mikhail Baryshnikov, actress Leslie Browne, editor William Reynolds, and assistant/associate editor Michael E. Polakow. 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: I would love to give you a divorce.
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Referenced in Dallas: Turning Point (1984) 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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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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