The Turning Point

Synopsis: The story of two women whose lives are dedicated to ballet. Deedee left her promising dance career to become a wife and mother and now runs a ballet school in Oklahoma. Emma stayed with a company and became a star though her time has nearly passed. Both want what the other has and reflect on missed chances as they are brought together again through Deedee's daughter, who joins the company.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Herbert Ross
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 11 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

- Hi.

- And...

- Ethan.

Ethan. Hi.


He's a little dangerous.

Look at you.

They don't know how fast time goes, do they?

No. They don't.

Oh, Deedee.

Oh, Deedee...

Still disgustingly neat.

I was always such a total slob, wasn't I?

I only minded when you borrowed

my eyeliner and didn't return it.

To its proper place.

Oh, Emma. You don't travel

with this picture everywhere you go?

That and Mother. The rest appear

and disappear into a scrapbook.

- Oh, sweetheart.

- Did you really wear this hat to my wedding?

I love that hat.

God, can you believe how young we looked?

- I look like shit.

- Well, we all did next to Wayne.

- God, he's beautiful.

- Even in those pleated pants.

No wonder the whole company wanted him.

It's a good thing you had your eye elsewhere.

- You mean on Michael.

- No, I mean on the ball.

Tell me something, Emma.

What's it like to be you now?

I dance.

I take class, I rehearse, I perform.

I go home to my hotel.

Some cities are better than others.

So are some nights.

I thought I was good tonight.

I wanted to be, for you.

You couldn't help being good.

- Still?

- Yes.

You're an artist.

- Now what are you doing?

- I hate this picture.

I'll send you a new one.

How many bedrooms?

You've seen them all.

Wanna see the cellar? We don't have one.

I bet Momma would have been

a much better Anna Karenina. Emma stinks.

You're so stupid.

Mark, you know what this

fantastic little Russian's gonna do?

He's going to make it respectable

for American boys to be dancers.

See, on a good day I can do

entrechat sixes with double cabrioles.

- You beat me to it.

- Nice of her to have brought it.

- It's all she drinks now.

- You haven't talked to her yet.

I've been busy with the rest of the company.

Wayne, I love the company.

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Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter.After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War II, Laurents turned to writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that includes West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), and directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions. His early film scripts include Rope (1948) for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Way We Were (1973), and The Turning Point (1977). more…

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