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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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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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The film's Gala Performance Programme features excerpts from seven ballets. These were Legende; Vortex; Black Swan Pas De Deux, Swan Lake, Act III; Aurora's Wedding Pas De Deux; Le Corsaire; Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Anna Karenina, the last being a mythical ballet invented specifically for this movie. 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 »

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Emma Jacklin: I would love to give you a divorce.
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Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) See more »

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Disco Billy Blues
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Great Movie
3 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Winner Best Picture and Director Golden Globe and 11 Academy Award nominations is a tip. From a real-life story of primary star Leslie Browne (longtime of the ABT) the film follows Emilia's adoption into the company of ballet stars from a family of dancers who retired to have her. Shirley Maclaine's Best movie. Anne Bancroft is unbelievable as a ballet dancer not ready to give up the limelight but ready to steal her friend's thunder as the enabler of a great ballet career for Emilia. This a great movie. Watch for some great choreography by all the big names, plus the great plus Alvin Ailey, and a shop window of ballet greats. Baryshnikov in his prime, Martins and Merrill on the side, Great editing, cinematography, the whole shebang.


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