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Billy Elliot

A movie directed by Stephen Daldry

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  • Jan 20, 2001
Pros: Nice plot - heart warming. Good to see that art wins over macho ignorance

Cons: none that I can think of!

The Bottom Line: A good solid all around foreign film. It makes one appreciate the finer things of life and how you are rewarded if you work hard.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

A dancing Angela's Ashes is how I first thought of this movie. An Irish kid who overcomes his austere upbringing and brutish working class family by becoming a ballet dancer.

This films warmed my heart (not an easy thing to do). Who can resist a film where love and art conquer ignorance? Nice acting done by the child actor who played Billy Elliot.

A very well directed and well acted piece that I would recommend for the family. The filming was very beautiful as well. There was some profanity however.
I would recommend it for those who had children over 13 due to that.


Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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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 clich?s 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 ...
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Cast: Gary Lewis
Director: Stephen Daldry
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Universal Studios Home Video (April 17, 2001)
Runtime: 1hr 51min
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