Billy Elliot (Widescreen DVD + Digital Copy)

Directed By: Stephen Daldry Starring: Jamie Bell Julie Walters

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Product Overview


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 226519516
UPC 025192133855
UPC 14 00025192133855
Format DVD
Release Date 1/10/2012
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Family Life
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote Mrs. Wilkinson: "I've been thinking about the National Ballet School." Billy: "Aren't you a bit old for that, miss?" Mrs. Wilkinson: "Not for me, for you!"
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 10/01/2000 p.81
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..." 10/13/2000 p.E29
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 10/13/2000 p.1E
Entertainment Weekly "...An inspirational Brit-prole dance fable..." 11/17/2000 p.94
Box Office "...Gracefully executed....The fleet-footed BILLY ELLIOT illustrates how classic storylines, in the right hands, can work over and over again..." 10/01/2000 p.70
Rolling Stone "...Daldry scores a sensational film debut....Bell explodes onscreen in a performance that cuts to the heart..." 10/26/2000 p.122
Chicago Sun-Times "...Jimmy Bell is an engaging Billy, earnest and high-spirited, and a pretty good dancer, too..." 10/13/2000 p.35
Stephen Daldry
Jamie Bell
Julie Walters
Cast & Crew
Jamie Bell - Star
Gary Lewis - Star
Julie Walters - Star
Jamie Draven - Star
Brian Tufano - Director of Photography
John Finn - Producer
Stephen Warbeck - Composer
Lee Hall - Screenwriter
Greg Brenman - Producer
Stephen Daldry - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
UPC 00025192133855
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
$53.41 + $3.43 shipping
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