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  • Actors: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven, Adam Cooper
  • Directors: Stephen Daldry
  • Writers: Lee Hall
  • Producers: Charles Brand, David M. Thompson, Greg Brenman, Jonathan Finn, Natascha Wharton
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2006
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059590
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Breaking Free Featurette
Theatrical Trailer
Cast & Film Biographies
Interactual Production Notes
English subtitles

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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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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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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21 of 22 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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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 A Customer on 29 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
We have seen the story in "Billy Elliot" dozens of times before, but the reason we see it over and over again is because sometimes it works. This time the kid with a dream is an 11-year old boy in a Northern English coal town in 1984, who gets it into his head that he would rather be a ballet dancer than a boxer. Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) appears to be gangly and he cannot box, but when he suddenly finds himself taking part in a ballet class for reasons that are never articulated, he achieves a moment of perfect grace that becomes the foundation for everything that is to come.
"Billy Elliot" also owes something to other recent British imports like "Brassed Off!" and "The Full Monty," which combine comedy and social consciousness in a manner calculated to please viewers. Writer Lee Hall takes the time and place into account in putting up a series of formidable obstacles in young Billy's way. Billy's mother has died and the chain-smoking lady who teaches ballet, Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters), obviously takes her place. This is good because because neither his father (Gary Lewis) or his older brother (Jamie Draven) are both coal miners who cannot stand the idea that Billy would be a ballet dancer and immediately jump to the conclusion that he must be a "poof." To make things worse, the coal mine is on strike, and this is more than a minor sub-plot in the film. The police are always clashing with the strikers, who make it very clear how they feel about scabs, and provides the film with a sense of poverty and social injustice. So there is no money coming into the house, and 50 pence for anything, let along ballet lessons, is hard to come by.
Billy has no doubts about his sexuality, not after a pillow fight with Mrs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "hellsangel_8462" on 5 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
i think this film was amazing. i tootaly loved it. i cried at the end and laughed most of the way threw. the music was great ( well done t-rex)and the acting was amazing.jamie bell was totally amazing. he was so involved, and devoted to his acting. he could play any emotion. anger, crying, laughter. you name it he did it. i also though julia walters, was amazing in it! very funny (as usual) i loved this film.
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