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Billy Elliot [DVD] [2000]

Jamie Bell , Julie Walters , Stephen Daldry    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059590
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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DVD Universal Studios, 5035822010741, 2000 Region 2 PAL Widescreen

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I want to be a ballet dancer!" 20 Oct 2005
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 20 Jun 2005
By Nick
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ELEVATION OF BILLY 3 Aug 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing! 16 Nov 2005
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its soooooooooo amazing 5 Aug 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A great film which makes you think
I think this film will always remind you of how hard things can be in life,especially when you really want to achieve something but everyone else seems to be against you
Published 20 hours ago by Mrs S J Gann
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I've seen this before but bought it for my mother. Good to watch again and great music in the film. The language is pretty bad in parts so some may not like that aspect of it.
Published 11 days ago by A. Stansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film about overcoming being poor.
Brilliant film. Very moving. Julie Walters is brilliant in it as always. Jamie bell is fantastic. Love the film. Sarah
Published 20 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars review
wonderful film, one of julie walters best. always enjoy watching it, through the challenging strike parts and the class struggles
Published 23 days ago by hope
Published 1 month ago by jane carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy elliot dvd
Arrived on time and in excellent condition as advertised . One of my favourite recording stars ant would recommend it to all my friends.
Published 1 month ago by John M. Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Has me in tears every time
This movie is pure gold. The only downside is the swearing which I guess adds to the realism of the movie but does increase the age limit for any kids you plan showing it to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favourite movies
Wonderful story & terrific acting with humour & history...great interaction with the kids & the good issues addressed here....wonderful music & dance & grandma was priceless
Published 1 month ago by Hilary Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
Yes arrived quickly and ideal for what we wanted. My daughter loves the theatre production and needed to watch the film for her Gcse.
Published 2 months ago by Angela Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Elliot
Who can give this film less than 5 stars? I have watched it a number of times over the years and I enjoy it more and more with every watch.
Published 2 months ago by Newt Beaumont
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