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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.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Bancroft ... Emma
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 ... Janina
Phillip Saunders Phillip Saunders ... Ethan
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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>

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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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PG | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Gross USA:

$33,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First of two Academy Award Best Picture nominees to receive 11 nominations without winning any Oscars. This film jointly holds the record with The Color Purple (1985) for the film with most Oscar nominations without a single win. See more »

Goofs

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: [to DeeDee] Oh, that's not a little toad. That's rather a large bullfrog!
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Referenced in Beverly Hills, 90210: Pass, Not Pass (1991) See more »

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Mini Montage
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Music by Carl Czerny
Arranged by John Lanchbery
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Great Point ****
7 March 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Emma and Didi shine in this memorable film looking at the world of ballet. Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook et al of "The Red Shoes" of 1948 would have certainly been proud of it.

The ballet sequences are marvelously staged and beautifully realized by the cast.

Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine received best actress nominations in their respective roles. It is when Leslie Browne, who was nominated for best supporting actress, becomes a ballerina, that her mother (MacLaine) looks back at the career she gave up for marriage and family. She meets her old friend and rival-Bancroft-who pursued her career at the expense of never marrying.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, the great Russian ballet dancer, is fabulous here and was even nominated for best supporting actor.

"The Turning Point" received 11 Oscar nominations. It walked away with no awards. Was Hollywood's lack of culture shown here?


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