The Turning Point (1977)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance

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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.




  • Mikhail Baryshnikov in The Turning Point (1977)
  • Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point (1977)
  • Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point (1977)
  • Leslie Browne in The Turning Point (1977)
  • Shirley MacLaine in The Turning Point (1977)
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov and Leslie Browne in The Turning Point (1977)

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7 March 2006 | edwagreen
| Great Point ****
Emma and Didi shine in this memorable film looking at the world of ballet. Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook et al of "The Red Shoes" of 1948 would have certainly been proud of it.

The ballet sequences are marvelously staged and beautifully realized by the cast.

Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine received best actress nominations in their respective roles. It is when Leslie Browne, who was nominated for best supporting actress, becomes a ballerina, that her mother (MacLaine) looks back at the career she gave up for marriage and family. She meets her old friend and rival-Bancroft-who pursued her career at the expense of never marrying.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, the great Russian ballet dancer, is fabulous here and was even nominated for best supporting actor.

"The Turning Point" received 11 Oscar nominations. It walked away with no awards. Was Hollywood's lack of culture shown here?

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Release Date:

18 November 1977


English, French

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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