Billy Elliot - 2000
Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.
Plot: A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
Story: 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.
Did you know: In the final scene, the ballet in which Billy performs is Mathew Bourne's version of "Swan Lake" where all the Swans are played by men. Billy plays the part of the Swan, the same part he discusses with Mrs Wilkinson earlier in the film.
Release date: 30 November 2000
User Votes: 7.6
Countries: UK, France,
Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, See full cast and crew,
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music,
MPAA Rating: image
Runtime: 110 minutes