Two great actresses star as friends and rivals in The Turning Point. Emma, portrayed by Anne Bancroft, is an aging ballet star whose career has reached its peak. Deedee, played by Shirley MacLaine, is her friend who abandoned a career many years ago for marriage and motherhood. The two are reunited after a number of years when Deedee's daughter shows real promise of becoming an outstanding ballerina. An explosion of new and old conflicts arise, each woman examining the choices they have made in their lives and how they can live with those.