Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Julie Walters
Director: Stephen Daldry Cast: Julie Walters
Julie Walters
, Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
, Gary Lewis
Gary Lewis
Stephen Daldry

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Universal presents the inspiring coming-of-age tale Billy Elliott in a lovely 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The crisp Dolby Digital Sound makes clear every tap of Billy's amazing feet. In "Billy Elliott: Breaking Free," the 20-minute documentary about the making of the film, director Stephen Daldry and the producers from Working Title discuss the genesis of the film and its long road to production. Still, the feature goes deeper than the usual behind-the-scenes featurette by explaining the significance of the coal miners' strike depicted in the film. For non-Brits in particular, this information brings new understanding of the class struggles and the cultural shift brought on by Margaret Thatcher's quashing of the uprising. The filmmakers express much appreciation for the remarkable Jamie Bell, the young man who plays Billy, and a very amusing interview with co-star Julie Walters is included. Though a commentary track would have added appeal, the disc does include "Production Notes," a "Cast & Crew" section, and the theatrical trailer -- a satisfying, if not exemplary presentation.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2001
UPC: 0025192113420
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 11,534

Special Features

"Billy Elliot: Breaking Free": original featurette with a closer look at the making of the film and the talented cast ; DVD-ROM features: a closer look into the story of Billy Elliot; photo gallery; access to interactive weblinks; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Walters Mrs. Wilkinson
Jamie Bell Billy Elliot
Gary Lewis Dad
Jean Heywood Grandmother
Stuart Wells Michael
Nicola Blackwell Debbie
Jamie Draven Tony
Adam Cooper Actor

Technical Credits
Stephen Daldry Director
Charles Brand Executive Producer
Greg Brenman Producer
Peter Darling Choreography
Peter Darling Choreography
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Jon Finn Producer
Lee Hall Screenwriter
Martin Harrison Asst. Director
Mark Holding Sound/Sound Designer
Jina Jay Casting
John Wilson Editor
Tatiana Lund Set Decoration/Design
Stewart Meacham Costumes/Costume Designer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer
Natascha Wharton Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
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]

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