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  • Actors: Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Bell, Jamie Draven
  • Directors: Stephen Daldry
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WDZR6I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,864 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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County Durham during the 1984 miners' strike. Young Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) becomes fascinated with the ballet lessons which are being held in the same hall as his boxing class. The ballet teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters), recognises his potential and encourages him to join her class. As his talent gradually reveals itself, it becomes clear that Billy should be attending the Royal Ballet School in London, but with his father's opposition and the extreme poverty which descends on the area during the strike, Billy's future is far from certain. BAFTA awards were won by both Bell (Best Actor) and Walters (Best Supporting Actress). The Special Edition video also contains a 46 minute documentary about Jamie Bell called 'The Billy Elliot Boy', made by the film's director Stephen Daldry.


Foursquare in the gritty-but-hearwarming tradition of Brassed Off and The Full Monty comes Billy Elliot, the first film of noted British theatrical director Stephen Daldry. The setting is County Durham in 1984, and things 'oop North are even grimmer than usual: the miners' strike is in full rancorous swing and 11-year-old Billy's dad and older brother, miners both, are staunch on the picket lines. Billy's got problems of his own. His dad's scraped together the fees to send him to boxing lessons, but Billy's discovered a different aptitude: a genius for ballet dancing. Since admitting to such an activity is tantamount, in this fiercely macho culture, to holding up a sign reading "I AM A RAVING POOF", Billy keeps it quiet. But his teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters, wearily undaunted) thinks he should audition for ballet school in London. Family ructions are inevitable.

Daldry's film sidesteps some of the politics, both sexual and otherwise, but scores with its laconic dialogue (credit to screenwriter Lee Hall) and a cracking performance from newcomer Jamie Bell as Billy. His powerhouse dance routines, more Gene Kelly than Nureyev, carry an irresistible sense of exhilaration and self-discovery. Among a flawless supporting cast Stuart Wells stands out as Billy's sweet gay friend Michael. And if the miners' strike serves largely as background colour, there's one brief episode, as visored and truncheoned cops rampage through neat little terraced houses, that captures one of the most spiteful episodes in recent British history. --Philip Kemp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) lives in a working-class village in northern England, where his father and brother, both miners, have been on strike and times are tough. Billy, who is eleven, loves music, and one day he leaves his boxing class at the local gym and joins the girls' ballet class, taught by Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters). With a lot of practice, Billy becomes so good that she thinks he should audition for the Royal Ballet School in London. This would be the chance of a lifetime, but Billy's father doesn't know he's been dancing; he thinks ballet is for just for girls.
I love this movie. It is charming, honest, and uplifting. Gary Lewis is wonderful as Billy's father. We see him change from a bitter, defeated man to a proud and happy dad. Julie Walters gives a heartfelt performance as the tough teacher with a heart of gold. Jamie Bell, in his movie debut, is natural and sweet, a good dancer, and a sensitive actor. This is a movie you'll want to enjoy more than once because it's such a touching, feel-good story.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 20 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
From the opening titles i knew i would love this film, and i did. Its so fantastically written and brilliantly acted. Anyone who enjoys a nice personal small scale story will love this film. Its a well known story, but for those that dont know, it basicalls evolves around a young boy (Billy) who aspires to be a ballet dancer much to the disapproval or his recently widowed father and his older brother. All this happens in the midst of the mining strikes that dominated the news in much of the 80's. The same strikes that his brother and father are caught up in. Its wonderfully witty, poignant and very powerful in places. Its a great film!
Anyone who has seen the film already and wants to know what the difference is between this DVD and the one previous, well theres a lot more to be seen on this new edition. It has some great making of's and features on the characters that have never been seen before. Theres also two great documentaries about Billy Elliot The Musical (which looks to be great!) There are some great previews and teasers that will have you booking tickets to go and see it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "hurburgh" on 3 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
Does the perfect movie exist? Billy Elliot must come very close. From its brilliant casting, to clever cinematography to ... foot stomping choreography, this movie has got it all. The freshness and originality of Billy Elliot almost jumps off the screen. The British production house, Working Title Films over the last five years or so have had some great hits: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Elizabeth and in late 2000 we got Billy Elliot. They take great risks by using untried scriptwriters, directors and young actors and somehow have produced a string of fabulous movies.
The plot of Billy Elliot is simple enough; a North Country lad from a coal mining family discovers the joys of dance. Against opposition from his father and elder brother, young Billy discovers himself and his talents. All this happens within the vortex of Margaret Thatcher's mid-1980's economic and social revolution, which swirls around them.
At first glance, you might be tempted to classify Billy Elliot into the well-trodden school of gritty, British social realism, best expressed by Ken Loach of Cathy Come Home fame. Although mostly set in a working class world, the direction and camera work captures scenes of outstanding beauty. Cranes and bridges move like graceful, colourful birds; a kitchen table containing just two sauce bottles and duck-egg blue salt and pepper shakers has the aesthetics of an Old Master's still life.
The film's Director of Photography, Brian Tufano, has been quoted as saying, "... framing, composition, colours and texture are the elements you need to convey a story." Some scenes captured by Tufano's camera are nothing short of magical. We have Billy and his girlfriend Debbie walking past a wall of riot-shielded policemen.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr Paul S Bowdrey on 16 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
The most imaginative film for years. Made even more significant by the stage play at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London - Billy Elliot The Musical. For anyone who remembers the 1984 miners strike and the heartbreak it caused to thousands of people, the film and play create a beautiful harmony of tears and joy. For anyone going to watch the musical, watch this DVD first. Once seen, the musical becomes even better. Stephen Daldry (The Director) and his fellow Producers capture the scenes perfectly in both. The same creative team who wrote the film also wrote the musical with the addition of Elton John who adds the music. The actors in both the the film and stage play are exceptional. The boys that play Billy are highly talented as are the experienced casts. Don't miss either this film or the musical. Some advice about tickets for Billy Elliot The Musical... they are very hard to get as the performances are VERY booked up! However, the wait is definately worth it and you will be left with a memory of seeing the best London theatre show in your life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Billy Elliot is one of those films it is a pleasure to see again, it is such an affirmation that things can turn out well in life and talent can come to fruition against all the odds. The final scene with dancer Adam Cooper is a real coup, as he is an amazing figure in the dance world and at that time had just been the lead in Matthew Bourne's all-male Swan Lake, which was quite radical in its way. This film also has that edge by saying that boys can do ballet without being 'sissy', and in a neat reversal it is Billy's friend, who doesn't dance, who has some proto-gay feeling, presented without any negative judgement or angst, whereas the completely easy-going Billy seems to be attracted to a girl in the ballet class. But the pleasure of the film is not so much in its pressing all the correct political buttons; rather, it is in the joy of a young person finding the courage to pursue what he wants to do, and being thoroughly likeable with it, without any ingratiating ploys in the script. It seems to nod towards Kes in the social background and the shared bedroom with the stroppy older brother, although here the drabness is downplayed, perhaps unrealistically. The sole parent figure is also the father rather than the mother, and is presented uncannily well by Gary Lewis, who gives the film its most emotional moments. Julie Walters is also outstanding, right from her opening "Nice, pretty arms!" delivered as only she could, as she encourages her ballet class to be graceful. But above all it wouldn't be the same film without Jamie Bell in the central role, spirited right from the off as we see him bouncing on a trampoline to T-Rex, kindhearted, occasionally bolshy, but always getting the viewer's full support without having to try.
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