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Billy Elliot (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  10 November 2000 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jean Heywood ...
Jamie Draven ...
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Dad
Stuart Wells ...
Mike Elliot ...
George Watson
Billy Fane ...
Mr Braithwaite
Nicola Blackwell ...
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Carol McGuigan ...
Librarian
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
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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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Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.

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

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,541,109 (UK) (29 September 2000)

Gross:

ESP 1,227,765,776 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

Jamie Bell took ballet and other dance classes while in secondary school, which caused him to often be ridiculed by his peers. He used some of these experiences as inspiration while playing Billy Elliot. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Wilkinson drives Billy home, they go across the Transporter Bridge, which is in Middlesbrough, about 30 miles south of Durham. Assuming they both live in the same town, this is some detour. See more »

Quotes

Michael: So you're going to ballet every week?
Billy: Aye, but don't say owt.
Michael: Do you get to wear a tutu?
Billy: Fuck off, they're only for lasses. I wear me shorts.
Michael: You ought to ask for a tutu?
Billy: I'd look a right dickhead.
Michael: I think you'd look wicked.
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I Believe
Written by Steve Mac / Wayne Hector
Performed by Stephen Gately
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From Ugly Ducking to Beautiful Swan

Billy Elliot is a truly inspirational movie. It reminds us of the human potential to transcend our economic surroundings and the expectations of society by doing something so simple, and yet sometimes so very difficult, as simply being ourselves.

Born in a socially and economically repressed mining town, Billy is told that boys box or wrestle; boys don't dance. But Billy loves to dance and does so every chance that he gets.

Does a love of ballet make you gay? Does it matter if your best friend is a crossdresser? How far will a father go when he realizes the truth about his son? This is a movie of change, growth and emotion, with characters and actors so real and fully developed that they pull your heart forth and place it firmly upon the screen. We literally feel the brittleness of judgement, the despair of lost hope, and the joy of acceptance.

It is easy to see why this small British film has won so many foreign awards and nominations, and I only hope it will be given the chance it deserves to inspire and transform US audiences as well.


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