The Turning Point is one of the best films of its era. It’s that rare example of synergy in which every key element is excellent and the ensemble is an absolute triumph.
Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine, starring as longtime friends with unresolved problems, are magnificent.
The intricate plotting introduces Bancroft as a ballet star just reaching that uneasy age where a lot of Eve Harringtons (male and female) are beginning to move in.
MacLaine, her best friend, long ago abandoned a similar career to marry Tom Skerritt and now their teenage daughter (Leslie Browne) shows real promise as a dancer. This is the incident which triggers an explosion of new and old conflicts.
Pic ranks as one of MacLaine’s career highlights, ditto for Bancroft. They have a climactic showdown scene which filmgoers will remember for decades.
1977: Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actress (Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine), Supp. Actor (Mikhail Baryshnikov), Supp. Actress (Leslie Browne), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Editing, Sound