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The Turning Point (1977)

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Denmark released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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, wishes that she had the fulfillment of a family like Deedee's. Tensions simmer when Deedee's talented teenage daughter, Emilia (Leslie Browne), moves to New York to join Emma's company. As Emma maternally bonds with Emilia, and Emilia falls in love with womanizing dancer Yuri (Mikhail Baryshnikov), Deedee feels that she's losing her place even as a mother. After Emilia's triumphant debut, Deedee's and Emma's resentments boil over into an all-out catfight that ends when they realize they can unite in happiness for Emilia's future. Splitting the desires to nest and to work between two characters, Ross and writer Arthur Laurents reveal the difficulty faced by women in a world of expanding options. As in Michael Powell's and Emeric Pressburger's seminal ballet film The Red Shoes (1948), dancing and a personal life don't mix, even as the films display ballet's seductive power here in the gracefully integrated numbers by dance stars Browne and Baryshnikov. Despite reservations about its melodramatic aspects, The Turning Point earned box-office success and eleven Oscar nominations (but no wins). Even if its wife/work struggle seems a b...The Turning Point (1977)

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Director ‏ : ‎ Herbert Ross
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 114 minutes
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Anthony Zerbe, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne
  • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ Swedish, Danish, Finnish
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Wide Vision
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08PCPL2ZC
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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cora
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Slightly let Down by DVD Picture Quality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 August 2018
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Jason Hider
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome look at dance history, clever story very real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome look at dance history, clever story very real.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2021
I loved the family feeling of the dance company how they all looked after each other. Sometimes thing don't go the way you hoped this film should make young people realise if they have dream about dance they can do it if they are disciplined. I entered Rambert professional ballet dance school at 26 with one year of prep. I wish i had seen this before. Im also a huge fan of Shirley Maclaine. Fans of her wont be disappointed . Its wonderful!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pointed pirouettes
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5.0 out of 5 stars The passion and sacrifices of two ballerinas that meet again many years after having chosen different paths.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 December 2016
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1.0 out of 5 stars FAULTY DVD
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