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The Turning Point

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As young dancers, they were best friends and fierce rivals. Deedee (Shirley MacLaine) left the stage for marriage and motherhood, while Emma (Anne Bancroft) would become an international ballet icon. But when Deedee’s teenage daughter (Leslie Browne in her film debut) is invited to join Emma’s dance company and begins an affair with a young Russian star (Mikhail Baryshnikov in his film debut), the two women are forced to confront the choices they’ve made, the resentments they’ve hidden, and the emotional truths they must face at THE TURNING POINT.

Tom Skerritt, Anthony Zerbe and the artists of The American Ballet Theatre co-star in this Oscar®-nominated classic written by Arthur Laurents (THE WAY WE WERE, WEST SIDE STORY) and directed by Herbert Ross (STEEL MAGNOLIAS, FOOTLOOSE) that became one of the most acclaimed dramas of the decade and remains among the most stunning dance films of all time.


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  • Actors: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Skerritt, Leslie Browne
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Arthur Laurents
  • Producers: Herbert Ross, Arthur Laurents, Nora Kaye, Roger M. Rothstein
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GQMBY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Turning Point" on IMDb

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By L. Steidl on March 1, 2005
Format: DVD
Fabulous that they have finally found a DVD home for this, one of my favorite movies ever. Back in 1977, I was a kid of 17 and quite "different" from my peers. Being bored by Star Wars (all that noise and awful John Williams music giving me a headache!), and much more enchanted by three other movies released that same year: New York, New York, Julia, and The Turning Point. As you can see, I had quite a lot in common with other boys my age! I can remember as if it were yesterday the first time I experienced The Turning Point on the big screen. Granted, I was not, nor am I to this day, a particularly huge admirer of ballet - opera being more my style - but after seeing this flick, the combination of fine dancing, and, especially, fine film acting and script writing, just blew my mind and the lid off my head! The late 70's was a kind of renaissance for great woman actors (and ballet too!), and scripts written for them, especially MacLaine, Fonda, and Streep. This film was a stand out indeed. The scenes of MacLaine in her suburban home, preparing to receive the company of her long-lost ballet friends are just so palpable and full of emotion. Bancroft is no less compelling - gorgeous to look at (is it just me or does she not look a bit like the great Callas?), subtle in her resignation that she is no longer what she was but NOT bitter about it, the way MacLaine is quite bitter and a bit disappointed in terms of the way her life has turned out. Her caring and admiration for MacLaine's daughter, Leslie Brown, is never, I feel, done in a way to spite her one-time rival. It's simply one artist acknowledging and encouraging another for the sake of their Art.Read more ›
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Combining soapy suds and exhilarating dance sequences with the formidable acting skills of lead players Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft, Herbert Ross creates a winner in The Turning Point. Baryshnikov is every bit as magnetic onscreen, in a well-chosen role as a dance lothario, as he is every second he is dancing; he defies gravity and sends your spirit soaring. Leslie Browne, a novice (to put it kindly), in the acting department, is no less spectacular on the dance floor. Rarely has a big, old-fashioned, commercial film been so successful at making classical ballet so tangible and electric. The score, punctuacted throughout with the obvious classical scores of the many pieces we get glimpses of, adds a resonance to the story. MacLaine and Bancroft, as rivals in romance and once, in their careers, have a grand old time with our emotions, as they traverse the entire wide range of jealousy, humiliation, aging, love, friendship -- and eventually combust onscreen, which provides the movie with its most dazzlingly entertaining moments of drama. Tom Skerrit is terrific as Shirley's dancer-gone-husband, and the portrait of MacLaine's character has surprising moments of reality sprinkled throughout the screenplay. A wonderful big, overlong, old-fashioned movie, and a great way to introduce your family to classic dance, not only painlessly, but engagingly.
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This movie is a favorite and I was so happy to see it on DVD finally! Don't be afraid to buy this DVD because of regional concerns - it works fine and is very good quality. The seller Famous Films is outstanding - I ordered the movie on Monday afternoon and it arrived at my door Tuesday morning! Would definitely buy from again.
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The Turning Point was by far the best picture of 1977. It brought together two great actresses whose careers were in limbo and revitalized them.

Deedee (Shirley Maclaine) and Emma (Anne Bancroft) were best friends. Both were up and coming stars of the American Ballet Company. Both were vying for the same role, the new ballet of Anna Karenina (Turning Point #1). But Deedee gets pregnant and has to decide if she will keep the baby (Turning Point #2). Deedee decides to have the baby and Emma gets the ballet.

It's 20 years later and the ABC is performing in Oklahoma City, where Deedee and Wayne (Tom Skerritt) have settled down and opened their own ballet school. Two of their children are dancers but the middle child wants nothing to do with it. Deedee and Wayne hold a party after the performance. Their oldest, Amelia (Leslie Browne), is drawn to the fading prima ballerina who invites her to take class with the company the next morning.

During the practice, Emma points out Amelia to the head of the company (Martha Scott) and she sees the talent plus the publicity value. Amelia is offered a place in the company. Emma is honored by the offer but is a little afraid at being taken away from family (Turning Point #3). To help her along, Deedee offers to spend the summer with her in NYC. Deedee, Amelia and her brother all head off to the Big Apple.

Amelia easily fits into the company and the managers take notice of her. She quickly gets a \the lead in a major new ballet. She also catches the eye of the hot new star, Yuri (Mikhail Baryshnikov). They start a relationship but the difference is she wants more and he wants to play the field.

Deedee quickly finds out that the only thing worse than a fading star is a never was.
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