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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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The generations change. But the choices remain the same. 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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James Mitchell went on to star on ABC soap opera All My Children. He was wealthy Palmer Cortland. Later in years it was found out that Palmer was from very humble beginnings as Pete Clooney, from Pidgen Hollow,WEST Virginia. See more »

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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 »

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Emma Jacklin: I would love to give you a divorce.
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Referenced in Bunheads: Pilot (2012) See more »

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La Bayadère
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Music by Ludwig Minkus
Arranged by John Lanchbery (uncredited)
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A wonderful film for dance lovers...
7 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film for anyone who enjoys ballet. The dance parts and practices are really breath taking, especially those of Baryshnikov. The story is not bad either; you can see how a ballerina feels when her life on the stage ends at the age of about 35, or one who sacrifices that life to have children but regrets that all her life. I think the film is really great, especially the ballet.


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