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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 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.


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | 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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Inspired in part by The Stars Look Down (1940), a film based on the novel by A.J. Cronin which chronicles various injustices in a mining community in North Eastern England. The film stars Michael Redgrave, Emlyn Williams, and Margaret Lockwood and some of the action is set in Tynecastle, a fictionalized Newcastle upon Tyne, where Billy Elliot (2000) screenwriter Lee Hall was born. See more »


Billy's brother listens to music in his room (at around 42 mins) while wearing headphones but in cuts to the father and grandmother in other rooms in the house they hear the music as well. Some stereos allow the use of headphones and speakers together. See more »


Mr. Braithwaite: You look like a right wanker to me, son.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


A Child Is Born
Written by Thad Jones
Performed and arranged by Douglas Corbin
Courtesy of Bodiac Productions, Dallas, Texas, USA
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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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