Billy ElliotDirector: Stephen Daldry, Julie Walters, Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis
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Brassed Off meets My Name Is Joe in this gritty coming-of-age drama about a young son of a poor English coal miner who dreams of being a ballet dancer. The film is set during a 1984 miners' strike in Durham county, where angry clashes between picketers and cops in riot gear are nearly daily occurrences. Among the most vociferous protestors are Tony (Jamie Driven) and his dad (Gary Lewis), who nags his youngest son Billy (Jamie Bell) into taking boxing classes. Though the kid can do some fancy footwork, he can't take a punch. One day at the gym, he notices a ballet class taught by hard-bitten Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters), whose young daughter dares him to join. When his father gets wind of this less-than-manly pursuit, he pulls him from the class. Sensing a raw and natural talent, Mrs. Wilkinson offers to teach the lad for free in preparation for the local auditions to the Royal Ballet School. When Tony gets in trouble with the cops, Billy is forced to miss the trials, leading to a confrontation between Billy's pop and Ms. Wilkinson. Though at first he steadfastly refuses to consider his son's desires of going into ballet, he comes to realize that this might be the one shot that Billy has in order to escape the danger and grinding tedium of a miner's life, so he sets out to earn the money by any means necessary to send his son to London. This film is the directorial debut of renowned British stage director Stephen Daldry.
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Cast & Crew
|Julie Walters||Mrs. Wilkinson|
|Jamie Bell||Billy Elliot|
|Charles Brand||Executive Producer|
|Maria Djurkovic||Production Designer|
|Martin Harrison||Asst. Director|
|Mark Holding||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Tatiana Lund||Set Decoration/Design|
|Stewart Meacham||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tessa Ross||Executive Producer|
|David M. Thompson||Executive Producer|
|Stephen Warbeck||Score Composer|
|Natascha Wharton||Executive Producer|
1. Main Titles [:02]
2. A Disgrace to the Gloves [:33]
3. The Ballet Class [1:51]
4. To Be a Dancer [3:40]
5. Dad Finds Out [2:03]
6. Mrs. Wilkinson's Offer [1:16]
7. Private Lessons [4:52]
8. A Ghost Story [2:07]
9. Tony's Arrest [6:21]
10. The Chance to Dance [:21]
11. Christmas [6:46]
12. A Dance of Defiance [3:23]
13. Dad's Decision [3:48]
14. The Audition [:57]
15. The Interview [3:27]
16. The Letter [4:46]
17. Billy's Big Night [1:37]
18. End Titles [3:53]
Billy Elliot: Breaking Free
Cast and Filmmakers
Spoken Languages: English
Spoken Languages: Français
Captioned For the Hearing Imapired: English
Captioned For the Hearing Imapired: None
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Unbelievable!! I watched it once and when my daughter got home from school, I had her watch it with me again. I saw it within an hour of watching it the first time and loved it even more. My daughter loved it so much she ordered the movie right after!!! A must see!!!
Billy Eliot is a fantastic film! I love the story about a talented and intelligent boy who goes against the stereotype to become a dancer. The performances are excellent and inspiring.
This is still one of the best movies. Great motivational film for young and old.
I came across this beautiful movie rather by accident, but definitely didn’t regret it. The film is as much about dancing as it is a social study. The story sounds simple: young boy trying to pursue his dreams of becoming a ballet dancer amidst an environment where the biggest question is how to get the next meal on the table and how to keep the house warm. Yet, it is much more complex than that and deals in many ways with those overwhelming issues of growing up, finding one’s identity, struggling against family tradition and stereotypes, and eventually, having to let go. The movie is set at the time of the 1984 northern England coal-miners strike, but clearly, the story of the Elliot family stays in its focus. The cast was chosen well, excellent performances of Jamie Bell playing (being?) Billy and Julie Walters as his resolute teacher, Miss Wilkinson. Many scenes make you laugh and cry at the same time with an honest portrayal of the characters and their harsh but equally heartfelt relationships. Some scenes seem to be exaggerated, which gives them a touch of a satire, e.g., Miss Wilkinson and brother Tony facing off while Billy stands helplessly on the table. Great to see Billy and his father evolve throughout the movie. Good music score, unfortunately not quite complete on the soundtrack CD. The north-American R-rating is too harsh, it is PG or 15 across Europe as far as I know. Obviously, the movie needs the strong language to be authentic, and some scenes may be considered delicate, but overall more educational than damaging to a mid-teen (your call).
Nice emotive story. Inspirational!
saw jamie bell first in nicholas nickelby and fell in love with his performance. he was really good and in this one as well and not bad for a ballet dancer. love that smile of his. this is about the title character who loves to dance and tries to prove that he is he and stands up for himself. inventive camera techniques.
A wonderful movie! Dance lovers and others will delight in this moving story of a young boy torn between heart and home. Love it!
This film was an emotional charge from moment one all the way through to Billy's incredible leap in the last scene. I was profoundly moved by the struggles of each character as they developed in the story line. What a beautiful way to learn, finally, that my own own love of dance and the need for it in my life truly has had a significant purpose for me. As the movie progressed, moving through each scene was like making a discovery. I'm so grateful for this film. I will keep it in my library and remember to watch it each time I feel that life is overwhelming. I will use it to remind myself that dance and determination are powerful, powerful forces in my life. Great film! Bravo!
THIS IS A COOL STORY OF A YOUNG MAN'S DESIRE TO DO IT HIS WAY. EVENTHOUGH THAT IS AGAINST THE WAY OF HIS FATHER, HE PROVES HIMSELF IN THE END AND GAINS EVERYONE'S RESPECT. WE LOVED THIS MOVIE AND HIGHLY SUGGEST VIEWING AND OR OWNING. A GREAT STORY OF A COMING OF AGE FOR THIS YOUNG MAN, VERY INSPIRATIONAL.
I loved this story of a boy who aspired to be a dancer; something his family thought of as "sissy." Funny, touching, entertaining and inspiring to anyone who has a dream.
A touching story that will capture your hearts. Captivating and real...a movie that will evoke many emotions and memories of your childhood.
This film and story are truly inspiring - for performance and for content. What a great lesson in tolerance and acceptance and what talented performers! I highly recommend this film.
I absolutely adore this movie. It is a poignant tale of one young boy's coming of age and finding himself in 1980's northern England during the time of the coal-miners' strikes. Young Billy discovers a talent for dance at an early age, and through a series of circumstances finds himself taking ballet lessons each week instead of boxing lessons. This of course, wreaks havoc with his male dominated family who believe that only "poofs" would take to ballet. As his family becomes less able to pay for the weekly lessons due to the strike, Billy's insightful teacher agrees to teach him privately, and without pay to the point where he has progressed enough in his lessons to audition for the national ballet company in London. His father, meanwhile, goes back to the mines as a "scab" so that he could afford to send Billy to London. Billy does overcome his small town fears and heads to London for the trial. He is later accepted into the troupe as a student, and years later, we see him debut as a principle dancer as his family looks on. This is a poignant family story full of love, frustration, trials, and successes--I would recommend it to anyone loving the dance!