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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emma
... Deedee
... Wayne
... Yuri
... Emilia
... 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
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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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A moving story. A romantic story. A story of envy, hatred, friendship, triumph and love. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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 ballet written by Arnold Berger (Daniel Levans) and performed by Emilia Rodgers (Leslie Browne) is "Ellingtonia". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Emma Jacklin: Am I like you?
Emilia: I don't know...
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Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) See more »

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Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux
(from "Swan Lake")
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky)
Violin solo: Glenn Dicterow (uncredited); cello solo: 'Ronald Leonard' (uncredited); harp solo: 'Stanley Chaloupka' (uncredited)
(By permission of The Tchaikovsky Foundation)
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A Layered Legwarmer Festival
31 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Turning Point is still an enjoyable film almost 30 years after it was first released. The actors are all outstanding, as are the dancers, but the movie is stolen by ballet dancer Lesile Browne. Browne is only 19 in the film, but her dance skills are remarkable. Limited as an actress, yet she had a screen presence which made her enjoyable to watch.

She looked stunning dancing in the studio, as her leg-warmers slid down her shapely legs, she is a vision of pure beauty. Amazing that Browne was not cast as a dancer in the movie FAME.

The dance numbers are enjoyable, but unless you're a big fan of classical ballet, it may be somewhat boring. The male dancers all come across as very girlish, and the principal female stars very strong, a typical theme of some of the early 80s films.

So, put on your on tights, yank your leg-warmers to your thigh, pop on your ballet slippers, and enjoy The Turning Point.


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