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Billy Elliot (2000)

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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 54 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Heywood ...
Jamie Draven ...
Stuart Wells ...
Mike Elliot ...
George Watson
Billy Fane ...
Mr Braithwaite
Nicola Blackwell ...
Carol McGuigan ...
Joe Renton ...
Gary Poulson
Colin MacLachlan ...
Mr. Wilkinson (as Colin Maclachlan)
Janine Birkett ...
Billy's Mum
Trevor Fox ...
PC Jeff Peverly
Charlie Hardwick ...
Sheila Briggs


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dancer  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,541,109 (UK) (29 September 2000)


$21,994,911 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Burberry celebrated the 15-years anniversary of the film by using it as the inspiration for their 2015 Christmas campaign, starring Julie Walters, Elton John, Michelle Dockery, Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. See more »


The punch-bag in the dimly lit shot of the gymnasium when Mrs Wilkinson is talking to Billy is moving in one shot (at around 39 mins), then stationary in the next (00:39:21), then moving again (00:40:20). See more »


George: [to the boxing class] I'm going to let Mrs. Wilkinson use the bottom end of the boxing hall for her ballet lessons. So no hanky-panky, understood?
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Referenced in Who's Doing the Dishes?: Mark Lester (2016) See more »


I Love to Boogie
Words and Music by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
Issued under license from Crimson Productions, a division of the Demon Music Group Ltd.
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A wonderful example of good quality writing, acting and art
7 January 2001 | by (Athens, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Billy Elliot is a wonderful story of a young boy overcoming obstacles to participate in the one activity that takes him away from his troubled family life. By dancing, Billy unleashes his frustrations, yet also receives much criticism by participating in a less than macho sport. Every aspect of this movie was well done: the acting was superb, the characters were complex but believable, but the cinematography alone takes the cake. The cameras look at things from some very interesting and unusual views. Every shot was well planned out and every item in the background had importance.

This is one of the best movies I've seen recently and one that definitely shouldn't be missed by anyone that believes in following his or her dreams.

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