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

This is KKNG Stereo 92, KKNG,

Oklahoma City.

The magnificent American Ballet Company

is at the Civic Center Music Hall.

Great dancing stars are performing

full-length Tchaikovsky ballets,

plus many classic and contemporary

favorites from ABC's vast repertoire.

Tickets are available

at the Music Hall box office and all agencies.

KKNG. And now we continue

with music from the ballet.

Is everybody ready?


Very smart!

- I thought you were gonna set up the bar.

- There'll be time after we get back.


The wife's always the last to know.

Emilia, will you get dressed?

Janina, that's enough.

There'll be time when we get back.

And it takes you an hour to get ready.

Will you go and do it? Where's Ethan?

Mom, those beads look

absolutely gross with that dress.

These beads were given to me by Emma

before you were born.

Well, they look gross now.

- Ethan? Ethan, will you quit that?

- It's the lights. I'm crazy.

Well, the lights are for the party.

Come on, we're leaving in two minutes.

Come on, let's go.

- Who's got the tickets?

- I don't have them.

- I got 'em.

- You have the tickets.

I am so nervous.

Momma, don't be so nervous.

- How are you doin'?

- OK.

- Did you have a good cry?

- A beaut.

- What'd you tell the kids?

- Nothing. They know you.

They've heard the tale of you and Emma

rehearsing for the same part a hundred times.

- There's no law says we gotta go backstage.

- Yes, there is.

Come to the party. Relax, Sevilla.

What's the point of doing a perfect arabesque

for audiences who don't know the difference?

I was terrible tonight.

I'm going home to soak in a hot bath.

You are no fun, Sevilla. I'll put you in a taxi.

No, thanks, love. My limo's waiting.

- Where are the showers?

- Over that way, I think.


- Freddie.

- Baby, how are you?

Freddie. Oh, I'm so glad to see you.

Meet our kids.

This is Emilia, Janina and Ethan.

You lookjust great.


...instead of four.

- Yes. And he loops that part, so...

Hello, Adelaide.


You've held up very well, dearie.

- So've you.

- Running this company keeps me trim.

You could lose a few pounds, Deedee.

So you always said.

- No cakes or candy tonight at the party.

- Not a cookie, cookie.


It's Michael.

Michael Cooke.

It's Michael.

Wayne? Wayne, Michael's here.


- Hi, Wayne.

- Look at you.

- Damn, you look impressive, sir.

- So impressive Deedee didn't recognize me.

You weren't the world's greatest

choreographer when we left.

- Wasn't I? I thought I was.

- He'd done Anna Karenina.

Hey, come on.

- From bar four on?

- Yes. But then I think it's gotta build.

- Towards the end.

- Tonight it was slow.

We should speed it up.

That's how it should go. It shouldn't be any

slower than that. I feel like I'm on point for...

Here you are. Oh, God.

- You were wonderful.

- Oh, I wasn't wonderful.

- I wanted to be, but I wasn't.

- Yes, you were.

- I loved your flowers. Thanks so much.

- You were fabulous.

No, I wasn't.

You know my foot was acting up. I wrote you.

You couldn't notice it. I couldn't tell at all.

- I was so nervous because you were here.

- You were wonderful.

- I wasn't.

- Yes, you were.

You really were, Emma.

Oh, Wayne.

Oh, Wayne.

You moved me like you always did.


- Oh, Wayne, it's been too long.

- Yeah, it sure has.

Well... how would you like to see

your godchild? Emilia, come over here.

Oh, my God.

- Isn't she somethin'?

- Oh, my God.

Last time I saw you, I could pick you up.

Oh, she's lovely.

She's lovely, Deedee.

She is.


- Janina, yes.

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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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