6.9/10
3,896
34 user 17 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:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Julia (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of sixteen years leaves her for a younger woman.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings
Dancers (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A successful aging dancer takes a young female protegee.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alessandra Ferri, Leslie Browne
Coming Home (1978)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A woman whose husband is fighting in Viet Nam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern
Agnes of God (1985)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Dave Hirsch, a writer and an army veteran winds up in his small Indiana hometown, to the dismay of his respectable older brother. He meets and befriends various different characters and tries to figure out what to do with his life.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Romantic comedy about a pair of clandestine lovers in a London-Spain tryst.

Director: Melvin Frank
Stars: George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Paul Sorvino
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Bancroft ... Emma Jacklin
Shirley MacLaine ... Deedee
Tom Skerritt ... Wayne
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Yuri
Leslie Browne ... Emilia
Martha Scott ... Adelaide
Antoinette Sibley Antoinette Sibley ... Sevilla Haslam
Alexandra Danilova ... Madame Dahkarova
Starr Danias Starr Danias ... Carolyn
Marshall Thompson ... Carter
James Mitchell ... Michael
Daniel Levins Daniel Levins ... Arnold (as Daniel Levans)
Scott Douglas Scott Douglas ... Freddie
Lisa Lucas Lisa Lucas ... Janina
Phillip Saunders 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:

A moving story. A romantic story. A story of envy, hatred, friendship, triumph and love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Momento de decisión See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$33,600,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When everybody is warming up on stage before the Gala Performance, you can see Baryshnikov practicing his jumps for "Le Corsaire" and is already wearing the costume. However, the program shows that he first dances the Grand Pas de Deux of Sleeping Beauty. See more »

Quotes

Deedee Rodgers: Oh, Emma... if only she knew what we know now...
Emma Jacklin: It wouldn't matter worth a damn...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dallas: Turning Point (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Corsaire
Music by Ludwig Minkus (as Ludwig Minkus)
Arranged by John Lanchbery (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A lot of silly crap
10 October 2003 | by liscarkatSee all my reviews

A big deal is made of this movie seemingly because Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLain have a ridiculous catfight near the end. The only reason not to cut this thing up for guitar picks is that it showcases some of the leading ballet talent of the 1970s. The backstage story is not only silly but completely unrealistic, and the whole Bancroft/MacLain thing is sheer drivel. Really, who cares?


6 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 34 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed