EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|TURNING POINT, THE (director: Herbert Ross; screenwriter: Arthur Laurents; cinematographer: Robert Surtees; editor: William Reynolds; music: John Lanchbery; cast: Ann Bancroft (Emma), Shirley MacLaine (Deedee), Mikhail Baryshnikov (Yuri ), Leslie Browne (Emilia), Tom Skerritt (Wayne), Martha Scott (Agelaide), Antoinette Sibley (Sevilla), Alexandra Danilova (Dahkarova); Runtime: 119; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Herbert Ross/Arthur Laurents; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 1977)|
out are the ballet performances."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
The New York City ballet
visits Oklahoma City, where its aging star Emma (Ann Bancroft) visits her ex-colleague now a
dance teacher and a housewife with children, Deedee (Shirley
MacLaine). Both ladies are envious of the other: Emma admires her
friend for having such a wonderful family and living in such material
comfort with her nice guy husband (Tom Skerritt), while Deedee admires her friend for
achieving fame as a prima ballerina. Things get tense when Deedee's
talented teenage daughter Emilia (Leslie Browne) moves to New
York to join Emma's
company. Emma is maternal to the girl, who falls in love with the great
Soviet dancer but womanizer Yuri (Mikhail Baryshnikov). The old
friends let their dark feelings and simmering jealousies emerge over
Emma's dilemma and who will mother her, and they have a catfight in the
NYC street. But the ladies regain their senses before the fight ends
and reunite to be protective of the vulnerable Emilia.
a film about lost opportunities, finding happiness and seeing how many
clichés can be thrown
against the wall before it cracks. It's a film that lays out schmaltz
like there was no turning back.
I might think, the pic had a tremendous box-office success even though
it was no Red Shoes.
REVIEWED ON 9/10/2010 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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