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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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Drama | Romance

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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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Grace Kelly was on the board of directors at 20th Century-Fox and the script treatment was sent to her for her reaction. Director Herbert Ross said: "Grace loved the story, and said she'd come out of retirement to play the ballet dancer who opts for marriage. Then Grace showed the script to Prince Rainier and he told her he didn't want her to go back to work". See more »

Goofs

When everybody is warming up on stage before the Gala Performance, you can see Baryshnikov practicing his jumps for "Le Corsaire" and is already wearing the costume. However, the program shows that he first dances the Grand Pas de Deux of Sleeping Beauty. See more »

Quotes

Emilia: I'm on the pill... just in case.
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Sleeping Beauty Ballet: Pas de deux (Aurora's Wedding)
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky)
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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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