The Turning Point

USA | 1952 | 85 minutes | William Dieterle

February 16, 2019

A crusading attorney returns to his hometown to root out a crime syndicate, but his efforts are compromised by corrupt city officials.


6:00 PM - Dmitri Matheny Group
Join us at 6:00pm for a special pre-show performance from jazz band Dmitri Matheny Group, who will be playing 1950s movie themes and crime jazz.

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Inspired by congressional hearings taking place at the time, Paramount produced this star-studded thriller about crusading attorney John Conroy (Edmond O'Brien), who returns to his hometown to root out corruption. Will his childhood pal Jerry McKibbon (William Holden), now a cynical reporter, be an ally or an adversary? And why does Conroy's father (Ed Begley), a veteran cop, not want to spearhead a criminal investigation? A rarity returned to circulation that, sadly, is timely once again. With a knockout finish that takes audiences completely by surprise.


Saturday (2/16), Sunday (2/17), and Monday (2/18) only!
SIFF Cinema Egyptian Back Bar
Chef Joshua Henderson of Huxley Wallace Collective presents:

  • Hot Dog Sandwich ($5) - griddled hebrew national dog, butter toasted martins potato roll, ketchup and stone ground mustard
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($8) - spiced fried chicken, martins potato roll, lemon mayo, iceberg lettuce
  • Frito Pie ($6) - juanita's tortilla chips topped with 3 bean chili, cheddar cheese, crema, minced onions

  • Director: William Dieterle
  • Principal Cast: William Holden, Edmond O’Brien, Alexis Smith, Ed Begley, Tom Tully
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1952
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Irving Asher
  • Screenplay: Warren Duff
  • Cinematographers: Lionel Lindon
  • Language: English