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Billy Elliot (2000)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  29 September 2000 (UK)
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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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Jean Heywood ...
Jamie Draven ...
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Dad (Jackie Elliot)
Stuart Wells ...
Mike Elliot ...
George Watson
Billy Fane ...
Mr. Braithwaite
Nicola Blackwell ...
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Carol McGuigan ...
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Joe Renton ...
Gary Poulson
Colin MacLachlan ...
Mr. Tom Wilkinson (as Colin Maclachlan)
Janine Birkett ...
Billy's Mum
Trevor Fox ...
PC Jeff Peverly
Charlie Hardwick ...
Sheila Briggs
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County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. Written by KGF Vissers

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ballet | strike | miner | boxing | class | See more »

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Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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29 September 2000 (UK)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$215,681 (USA) (13 October 2000)

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ESP 1,227,765,776 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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One of the great qualms of the entire film was whether Mrs. Wilkinson should be there in the final scene, where the older Billy Elliot performs Swan Lake. Eventually, it came down to the fact that 'Julie Walters' wasn't available for filming. See more »

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In the mobile library scene, several book spines are clearly visible, revealing titles published well after the 1984 setting of the film: Lisa Appignanesi wrote 'Memory and Desire' in 1991, Barbara Taylor Bradford wrote 'Hold the Dream' in 1985, and Shirlee Busbee wrote 'This Spanish Rose', 1986. See more »

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Debbie: If you want, I'll show you me fanny.
Billy: Nah, I'm all right.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sean Hayes/Shaggy (2001) See more »

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Scène
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from ballet "Swan Lake, Op.20"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
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Wonderful!
20 January 2001 | by (San Leandro, CA) – See all my reviews

I had seen the commercials and they emphasize the dancing aspect of the story which is great but there is so much more to this movie. It deals with death and it touches on Mens feelings of loss and what a Man is and even deals a bit with homosexuality. Theres not many times where I sit though the end credits anymore but I was mesmorized. I laughed in this movie and I cried too. The dance scenes were terrific too. The boy who played Billy should get an award hands down for this movie. I watched the emotion on his face and it was amazing. This is the best breakout performance by a young boy since haley Joel Osmant in Sixth Sense. I have to say I just loved Julie Walters too. Where has she been since Educating Rita. Inspite of the swear words this is a movie that families should see. Its hard to believe this gets an R rating and movies like Scary Movie get...only R ratings. I dont get it. Strange that two of my favorite recent movies are from the British...This and Croupier. Word to Hollywood, make more movies like this or at lease import more like this. Dont miss this one!


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