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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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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

In one scene, Anne Bancroft throws a drink in Shirley MacLaine's face. The moment was scrupulously rehearsed by director Herbert Ross - up to the point where Bancroft throws the drink into MacLaine's face. During rehearsal he had the actress set the glass down on the counter without tossing its contents every time; then continuing with the scene. When everything was ready, Ross took the shot in one take -- the scene you see on film, where Bancroft throws the drink into MacLaine's face. Having only been hit the one time, the look of shock on MacLaine's face is real. See more »

Goofs

During the Gala Performance sequence, when Baryshnikov is circling the stage with leaps in his "Le Corsaire" solo, the shadows of the camera on its tripod and two crew members are clearly visible on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Rosie: Oh, I had the hots for you back in those days. Only I never came up to you because you were always at the barre. And I didn't look so good in tights. And now the toe shoe is on the other foot.
Deedee Rodgers: Oh, really?
Rosie: Yeah. Now we BOTH don't look so good in tights.
Deedee Rodgers: Speak for yourself.
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La Bayadère
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Music by Ludwig Minkus
Arranged by John Lanchbery (uncredited)
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'Its much too late to regret it now'
6 July 2001 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

The dialogue in this movie is mostly artificial, sometimes embarrassing and always hard to listen to. Only Martha Scott, as the money-hungry owner of the ballet, seems to rise above the awkward words all the actors are forced to say. The dance scenes are great, if you like that kind of thing, but the rest of us made a face.

I like Bancroft and MacLaine and Tom Skerritt (MacLaine and Skerritt would later be friendly rivals in 'Steel Magnolias') and they are always great, even in this, even if the movie is not worthy of their talents.

I can see why this did not win any Oscars and no offense to anyone doing the nominating, but it had to be a REALLY lean year if Mikhail Baryshnikov and Leslie Browne got Supporting nominations. They are fine, especially Browne in a funny drunk scene, but come on! There was never much of a chance either would beat out the eventual winners Jason Robards and Vanessa Redgrave, though if the truth be known I would have voted for Tuesday Weld in 'Looking for Mr. Goodbar' and Peter Firth in 'Equus.'


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