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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 54 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »



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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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Did You Know?


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 »


[Billy is dancing while walking]
Dad: Is that absolutely necessary? Walk normal!
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Referenced in Bad Education: Swimming Gala (2013) See more »


London Calling
Written by Joe Strummer / Mick Jones / Paul Simonon /
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Performed by The Clash
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A wonderful example of good quality writing, acting and art
7 January 2001 | by (Athens, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Billy Elliot is a wonderful story of a young boy overcoming obstacles to participate in the one activity that takes him away from his troubled family life. By dancing, Billy unleashes his frustrations, yet also receives much criticism by participating in a less than macho sport. Every aspect of this movie was well done: the acting was superb, the characters were complex but believable, but the cinematography alone takes the cake. The cameras look at things from some very interesting and unusual views. Every shot was well planned out and every item in the background had importance.

This is one of the best movies I've seen recently and one that definitely shouldn't be missed by anyone that believes in following his or her dreams.

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