The Turning Point

A film about classical ballet which is also about friendship, usually the cinematic prerogative of men. From a deceptively simple script - renewed acquaintance between an ageing ballerina (Bancroft) and a former colleague (MacLaine) who is now a housewife with a daughter just starting out as a dancer - emerge jealousies and resentments about lost chances, maternity-vs-career, comfort-vs-austere dedication; conflicts all purged in Bancroft and MacLaine's magnificent fishwife scene. There's some beautiful dancing and a wealth of detail about the world of classical ballet. Interesting and entertaining.

By: JS

Release details

Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Herbert Ross
Screenwriter: Arthur Laurents
Cast: Anne Bancroft
Shirley MacLaine
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Leslie Browne
Tom Skerritt
Martha Scott
Antoinette Sibley
Alexandra Danilova
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