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The Turning Point ()


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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.
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Emma
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Deedee
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Wayne
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Yuri
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Emilia
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Adelaide
Antoinette Sibley ...
Sevilla Haslam
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Madame Dahkarova
Starr Danias ...
Carolyn
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Carter
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Michael
Daniel Levins ...
Arnold (as Daniel Levans)
Scott Douglas ...
Freddie
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Janina
Phillip Saunders ...
Ethan
Jurgen Schneider ...
Peter
Dennis Nahat ...
Dennis
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Rosie
The Artists of American Ballet Theatre
Lucette Aldous ...
Herself - Guest Artist
Fernando Bujones ...
Himself - Guest Artist
Richard Cragun ...
Himself - Guest Artist
Suzanne Farrell ...
Herself - Guest Artist
Marcia Haydée ...
Herself - Guest Artist
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Himself - Guest Artist
Marianna Tcherkassky ...
Herself - Guest Artist
Clark Tippet ...
Himself - Guest Artist
Martine Van Hamel ...
Herself - Guest Artist (as Martine van Hamel)
James Crittenden ...
Billy
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Barney Joe
Hilda Morales ...
Sandra
Saax Bradbury ...
Florence
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Boys Class Teacher
Howard Barr ...
Rehearsal Pianist
Martha Johnston ...
Rehearsal Pianist
Anne Barlow ...
Ballet Mistress
Enrique Martinez ...
Ballet Master
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nanette Glushak ...
Herself (uncredited)
Charles Ward ...
Himself (uncredited)
Rebecca Wright ...
Herself (uncredited)

Directed by

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Herbert Ross

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Arthur Laurents ... (written by)

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Nora Kaye ... executive producer
Arthur Laurents ... producer
Herbert Ross ... producer
Roger M. Rothstein ... associate producer

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Robert Surtees ... director of photography

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William Reynolds ... film editor

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Michael E. Polakow ... assistant editor (as Michael Polakow)

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David Graham
Juliet Taylor

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Albert Brenner

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Marvin March

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Albert Wolsky

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Kathryn Blondell ... hair (as Kathy Blondell)
Charles H. Schram ... makeup (as Charles Schram)

Production Management

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Roger M. Rothstein ... production manager

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Tony Bishop ... second assistant director
Peter Burrell ... second assistant director
Jack Roe ... first assistant director

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Gregg H. Bilson ... property master (as Gregg Bilson)
Joseph M. Caracciolo ... property master (as Joe Caracciolo)
Oliver Smith ... artistic consultant
Hendrik Wynands ... construction coordinator (as Hank Wynands)
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... illustrator (uncredited)

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William Hartman ... sound editor
Jerry Jost ... production mixer
Godfrey Marks ... dialogue editor
Theodore Soderberg ... re-recording mixer
Richard Sperber ... sound editor

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Louis Cappeta ... key grip (as Lou Cappetto)
Ralph Gerling ... camera operator
Daniel R. Jordan ... key grip (as Dan Jordan)
Earl Kennedy ... gaffer
Willie Meyerhoff ... gaffer
Nananne Porcher ... theatrical lighting consultant
Warren Rothenberger ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tony Faso ... wardrobe
Jennifer L. Parsons ... wardrobe (as Jennifer Parsons)

Music Department

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Carl Czerny ... composer: ballet music
Glenn Dicterow ... concertmaster
Ted Keep ... scoring mixer
George Korngold ... music editor
John Lanchbery ... music adapted by / music conducted by
The Los Angeles Philharmonic ... music performed by
John Lanchbery ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Lionel Newman ... music supervisor (uncredited)

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James Nordberg ... driver (uncredited)

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Alvin Ailey ... choreographer: Miss Browne's Gala Solo by
Frederick Ashton ... choreographer: Miss Browne's Final Solo by
George Balanchine ... choreographer: "Tchaikovskyv Pas de deux"
Saax Bradbury ... dialogue coach
Jean Coralli ... choreographer
John Cranko ... choreographer: "Legende"
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Mikhail Fokin ... choreographer (as Michel Fokine)
Henry H. Harteveldt ... jewelry
Lev Ivanov ... choreographer
Howard Jeffrey ... associate to the producers
Harald Lander ... choreographer
Kenneth MacMillan ... choreographer: "Romeo and Juliet: Pas de deux"
Alexander Minz ... choreographer
Adele Mitchell ... special promotion services
Dennis Nahat ... choreographer: "Anna Karenina"
Jules Perrot ... choreographer
Marius Petipa ... choreographer: "Black Swan: Pas de deux" and "Le Corsaire"
Julia Tucker ... continuity
Nat Weiss ... publicity coordinator
Richard Basehart ... movie trailer narrator (uncredited)
Sheila L. Kogan ... assistant to director (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster ... financing (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A moving story. A romantic story. A story of envy, hatred, friendship, triumph and love. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le tournant de la vie (France)
  • Paso decisivo (Spain)
  • Skillevejen (Denmark)
  • Punkt zwrotny (Poland)
  • Повратна точка (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 119 min
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Did You Know?

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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 During the Romeo and Juliet "pas de deux" at the ballet studio you can see the cameraman kneeling on the mirror. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Giselle See more »
Quotes Deedee Rodgers: I know you're angry.
Emilia: I'm not angry.
Deedee Rodgers: You damn well are. You're just covering it up with ice. That little Russian behaved like a bastard, so you're taking it out on me.
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