Billy Elliot (DVD)
- R 26
County Durham during the 1984 miners' strike. Young Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) becomes fascinated with the ballet lessons which are being held in the same hall as his boxing class. The ballet teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters), recognises his potential and encourages him to join her class. As his talent gradually reveals itself, it becomes clear that Billy should be attending the Royal Ballet School in London, but with his father's opposition and the extreme poverty which descends on the area during the strike, Billy's future is far from certain. BAFTA awards were won by both Bell (Best Actor) and Walters (Best Supporting Actress). The Special Edition video also contains a 46 minute documentary about Jamie Bell called 'The Billy Elliot Boy', made by the film's director Stephen Daldry.
- Movies & TV
- 18 Apr 2006
- Region 2
- Universal Pictures
- Interactive Menus
- 112 min
- Age Restriction
- Supply Source
- South Africa
- Billy Elliot
- Release Year
- Dramas / 1980s / Children / Dance / Dancers / England / Essential Cinema / Family Life / Live-Action / Parents / Recommended / Theatrical Release
- US Box Office
- $17.7 million
- Official Website
- Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) is an 11-year-old boy living in northeast England in the mid-1980s. While his gruff father and brother are taking part in a massive coal miners strike, Billy goes to boxing lessons and furtively plays his dead mother's piano out of loneliness. One day Billy notices a ballet class nearby. Intrigued, he begins practicing and taking lessons from Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters), a tough-minded teacher. Billy begins to fall in love with ballet but keeps his lessons a secret from his family, who struggle to put food on the table while the strike drags on. When his father finally learns the truth, a family crisis erupts, and Billy struggles to prove that dancing is more than just a hobby--it's his dream. BILLY ELLIOT is a touching and heartwarming story that avoids clichés by setting the story in the grim mining town of northern England amid economic hardship and sacrifice, showing the joy and release that dancing provides for Billy. Newcomer Jamie Bell, who does all his own dancing in the film, deserves special credit for his performance as Billy.
- Theatrical release: October 13, 2000.
Filmed on location in Northeast England.
The film was originally titled DANCER but was changed to BILLY ELLIOT shortly before its release.
Some of BILLY ELLIOT is based on screenwriter Lee Hall's experiences growing up in northeast England at the time of the devastating miners strike in 1984 and 1985.
BILLY ELLIOT is the directorial debut of British theatrical director Stephen Daldry.
The filmmakers auditioned more than 2,000 boys looking for their Billy. The winner was Jamie Bell, a 12-year-old from Billingham, England, who had also struggled with being a dancer in a small, conservative town.
BILLY ELLIOT won Best Picture at the 2000 British Independent Film Awards, which also saw Stephen Daldry take home Best Director, Jamie Bell win Best Newcomer, and Lee Hall grab Best Screenplay.
Paul Clinton of cnn.com and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone named BILLY ELLIOT one of the 10 best films of 2000.
The National Board of Review named Jamie Bell Outstanding Young Actor for his work in BILLY ELLIOT. The Broadcast Film Critics Association named him Best Child Performer.
BILLY ELLIOT was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture--Drama, and Julie Walters was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
- Cast & Crew
- Movie Critics
- Box Office
- "...Gracefully executed....The fleet-footed BILLY ELLIOT illustrates how classic storylines, in the right hands, can work over and over again..."— Michael Tunison (1 Oct 2000, p.70)
- Chicago Sun-Times
- "...Jimmy Bell is an engaging Billy, earnest and high-spirited, and a pretty good dancer, too..."— Roger Ebert (13 Oct 2000, p.35)
- Entertainment Weekly
- "...An inspirational Brit-prole dance fable..."— Owen Gleiberman (17 Nov 2000, p.94)
- New York Times
- "...Stephen Daldry anchors [the film's] melodramatic formula in tough, heartfelt realism....Jamie Bell [conveys a] convincing mixture of sullenness and innocent charm..."— A. O. Scott (13 Oct 2000, p.E29)
- Rolling Stone
- "...Daldry scores a sensational film debut....Bell explodes onscreen in a performance that cuts to the heart..."— Peter Travers (26 Oct 2000, p.122)
- Total Film
- "...A heartwarming, toe-tapping delight....Daldry elicits a star-making turn from 14-year-old newcomer Jamie Bell..." -- 4 out of 5 stars— Neil Smith (1 Oct 2000, p.81)
- USA Today
- "...If Dickens had written FLASHDANCE after seeing THE FULL MONTY, it probably would have come out something like this infectious, feel-good bundle of ambition in the face of adversity..." -- 3.5 out of 4 stars— Susan Wloszczyna (13 Oct 2000, p.1E)