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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.

Director:

Stephen Daldry

Writer:

Lee Hall
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 54 wins & 66 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Elliot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,541,109 (United Kingdom), 1 October 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$215,681, 15 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,995,263

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,280,263
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only film that year to be Oscar nominated for Best Director, but not Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Billy: My hands are freezing.
Michael: 'Gizzem here.
Billy: [Michael takes his hands and puts them in his jacket] What are you doing?
Michael: Nothin'. Just warmin' your hands up.
Billy: [pause] You're not a poof or owt?
Michael: [deadpan] What gave you that impression?
Billy: Aren't me hands cold?
Michael: I quite like it.
[kisses Billy on the cheek; they stare at each other]
Billy: Just because I like ballet, doesn't mean I'm a poof, you know.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

An edited version was released in the USA rated PG-13 that tones down the language. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 19 May 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosmic Dancer
Words and Music by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
Courtesy of Straight Ahead Productions Limited
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a pleasure from start to finish
21 August 2000 | by off.railsSee all my reviews

With a seemingly run-of-the-mill storyline - that of an 11-year-old schoolboy wanting to be a ballet dancer - it is quite a feat to have made a movie as warm and entertaining as this.

Quite simply, this is the best British movie in years. All the characters are intriguing, and the acting is flawless, most notably from 14-year-old Jamie Bell whose acting is utterly convincing, filled with humour and insight beyond his years. He is also a fantastic dancer, and some of the dance sequences are reminiscent of the dance-filled musicals of the old black and white movies.

The backdrop of the historic miners' strike of the mid-1980s, it brings the story down to the earth and adds the necessary tension to make this film truly believable and a worthy story to tell.

I find it hard to see how anyone would not like this film. 9 and a half out of 10.


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