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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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18 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Momento de decisión  »

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$33,600,000
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First of three collaborations of actress Leslie Browne and director Herbert Ross. The films are Dancers (1987), Nijinsky (1980), and The Turning Point (1977). 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 »

Quotes

Emma Jacklin: It didn't work out.
Emilia: Oh, so what? He liked boys better than girls?
Emma Jacklin: Oh, not exactly. He knew my priority was dancing.
Emilia: Are you... sorry?
Emma Jacklin: No. I don't believe in being sorry. We are what we are.
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Disco Billy Blues
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Written by Billy May and Lionel Newman
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a ballerina's POV
25 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

As ballet movies go, this is one of the better ones. It really captures the essence of a company: the rising star, the oversexed male dancer, diva choreographers, budget-conscious artistic directors, and the unique sadness that is the aging ballerina. MacClain and Bancroft deliver their contrived dialog with expertise (even though it appears they did a lot of ADR because the dialog seems to be dubbed) and they handle their relative roles with ease. Bancroft plays the aging diva with perfect grandness and MacClaine is great as the regretful mother. I can overlook the fact that a summer-study student, no matter how brilliant she is (and the young lady here is a highly talented dancer) WOULD NOT get a lead, let alone a solo number in her first year, but the plot is a bit thin, yet it makes it's point: the grass is not always greener on the other side of the stage. The best part of this movie is the dancing, of course. Misha is poetry in tights, always exhilarating and breathtaking. Though the movie was made in the 70s, it still rings true today in the world of ballet.


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