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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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Jean Heywood ...
Jamie Draven ...
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Dad
Stuart Wells ...
Mike Elliot ...
George Watson
Billy Fane ...
Mr Braithwaite
Nicola Blackwell ...
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Carol McGuigan ...
Librarian
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
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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

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

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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10 November 2000 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,541,109 (UK) (29 September 2000)

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ESP 1,227,765,776 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Julie Walters admittedly went through the menopause during the production and considered the filming of the dance sequences to be painful. She needed several breaks because she experienced hot flushes. See more »

Goofs

Right after Mrs. Wilkinson slaps Billy on the face, at the locker room, we see her from behind with her hands on her face (at 00:47:33 with fingers as if praying). In the next shot, her hands are in a totally different position (at 00:47:34 with clasped hands on her face). See more »

Quotes

Billy: Tony, do you ever think about death?
Tony: Fuck off.
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References Zero for Conduct (1933) See more »

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A Child Is Born
Written by Thad Jones
Performed and arranged by Douglas Corbin
Courtesy of Bodiac Productions, Dallas, Texas, USA
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a pleasure from start to finish
21 August 2000 | by (London, England) – See 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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