The Turning Point

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"The generations change. But the choices remain the same."
  • PG
  • 1977
  • 1 hr 59 min
  • 6.8  (4,983)
  • 68

The Turning Point is a 1977 drama film directed by Herbert Ross and starring Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. It tells the story of two childhood friends, Deedee (MacLaine) and Emma (Bancroft), who took separate paths in their lives. Deedee became a housewife and mother, while Emma pursued her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

The movie starts with Deedee's husband Wayne (Tom Skerritt) driving Emma to New York City, where she has been offered a job with a prestigious ballet company. As Emma begins her new life in New York, Deedee starts to question her own choices and whether she made the right decision by giving up her own dreams of becoming a dancer.

Deedee decides to visit Emma in New York, and while they are catching up, they are both reminded of their rivalry from years ago over a man named Joe (played by Baryshnikov). Joe is now a principal dancer with the ballet company where Emma works, and she is surprised to find that he still remembers her.

As the story unfolds, Deedee struggles to reconcile her feelings of jealousy and regret with her love for her husband and children. Emma, on the other hand, must come to terms with the sacrifices she has made for her career, including her relationships with men.

The Turning Point is a thoughtful exploration of the choices women face in their personal and professional lives, and the consequences of those choices. The film also delves into the often cutthroat world of professional ballet, showing the physical and emotional toll it takes on the dancers.

One of the film's strongest points is the performances by the three leads. Bancroft is particularly impressive in her portrayal of Emma, capturing the passion and discipline required to succeed as a ballet dancer. MacLaine is equally impressive, giving a nuanced performance as Deedee, a woman struggling with the regrets of her past.

Baryshnikov, who was a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre at the time, brings an authenticity to his role as Joe. His dancing is a highlight of the film, and his chemistry with both Bancroft and MacLaine is palpable.

The Turning Point was a critical and commercial success upon its release, earning 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress nods for both Bancroft and MacLaine. While the film did not win any Oscars, it remains a beloved classic for its poignant exploration of female friendship, ambition, and sacrifice.

In conclusion, The Turning Point is a captivating drama that explores the complex lives of two women and their choices. With stunning performances by three incredibly talented actors, this film is a must-see for anyone interested in the world of ballet, or simply a beautiful story of friendship and sacrifice.

The Turning Point is a 1977 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 59 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 68.

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