November 21, 1977 12:00 PM

This enthralling film marks the screen debut of Russian ballet phenomenon Mikhail Baryshnikov and a beautiful and talented 20-year-old newcomer, Leslie Browne. But the story centers on the relationship between two women—an aging ballerina (played by Anne Bancroft) and her best friend (Shirley MacLaine), who gave up a promising dance career to run a small ballet school in Arizona and raise a family. Bancroft and MacLaine turn in Oscar-caliber performances, as do supporting actresses Martha Scott and the legendary Alexandra Danilova. (PG)

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