The Turning Point (1977)
Average Rating: 6/10
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Average Rating: 7/10
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One of a cycle of '70s post-Women's Liberation "women's pictures," Herbert Ross's drama uses the ballet world to examine the conflict between family and career. Former dance colleagues Deedee (Shirley MacLaine) and Emma (Anne Bancroft) are reunited when Emma's New York ballet company stops in Oklahoma City for a performance. Having dropped her career for marriage and motherhood, Deedee envies prima ballerina Emma's limelight life; aging Emma, realizing that her days as a star are numbered,
Nov 14, 1977 Wide
Jan 25, 2005
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You yield to The Turning Point relucantly, knowing well that it is conning you -- with sentiment, with flamboyance, with sheer slickness.
For a film ostensibly dedicated to physical grace, Ross's images are unforgivably clumsy.
There's some beautiful dancing and a wealth of detail about the world of classical ballet.
The Turning Point is entertaining, not for discovering new material, but for treating old material with style and romantic feeling that, in this day and age, seem remarkably unafraid.
A well-made soap opera with a story that right out of a 1930s backstage musical.
Though made in 1977, this strained effort tries to combine a 1940s woman's picture with backstage melodrama set in the modern ballet world.
MacLaine and Bancroft are electric to watch.
A wonderful film about the friendship between two women and about the marvels of ballet.
Its sophistications are superficial, to say the least, but it wowed the Academy in 1977.
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