Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Julie Walters
Director: Stephen Daldry Cast: Julie Walters
Julie Walters
, Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
, Gary Lewis
Gary Lewis
Stephen Daldry


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Brassed Off meets My Name Is Joe in this gritty coming-of-age drama about a young son of a poor English coal miner who dreams of being a ballet dancer. The film is set during a 1984 miners' strike in Durham county, where angry clashes between picketers and cops in riot gear are nearly daily occurrences. Among the most vociferous protestors are Tony (Jamie Driven) and his dad (Gary Lewis), who nags his youngest son Billy (Jamie Bell) into taking boxing classes. Though the kid can do some fancy footwork, he can't take a punch. One day at the gym, he notices a ballet class taught by hard-bitten Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters), whose young daughter dares him to join. When his father gets wind of this less-than-manly pursuit, he pulls him from the class. Sensing a raw and natural talent, Mrs. Wilkinson offers to teach the lad for free in preparation for the local auditions to the Royal Ballet School. When Tony gets in trouble with the cops, Billy is forced to miss the trials, leading to a confrontation between Billy's pop and Ms. Wilkinson. Though at first he steadfastly refuses to consider his son's desires of going into ballet, he comes to realize that this might be the one shot that Billy has in order to escape the danger and grinding tedium of a miner's life, so he sets out to earn the money by any means necessary to send his son to London. This film is the directorial debut of renowned British stage director Stephen Daldry.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2015
UPC: 0025192315503
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:51:00

Special Features

Billy Elliot: Breaking Free - an original featurette with a closer look at the making of the film and the incredible ensemble of talent brought together.; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Walters Mrs. Wilkinson
Jamie Bell Billy Elliot
Gary Lewis Dad
Jean Heywood Grandmother
Stuart Wells Michael
Nicola Blackwell Debbie
Jamie Draven Tony
Adam Cooper Actor

Technical Credits
Stephen Daldry Director
Charles Brand Executive Producer
Greg Brenman Producer
Peter Darling Choreography
Peter Darling Choreography
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Jon Finn Producer
Lee Hall Screenwriter
Martin Harrison Asst. Director
Mark Holding Sound/Sound Designer
Jina Jay Casting
John Wilson Editor
Tatiana Lund Set Decoration/Design
Stewart Meacham Costumes/Costume Designer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer
Natascha Wharton Executive Producer

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