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Billy Elliot

  • Pirouettes with gloves just don't work!

Set in 1984 during a miner's strike in Northern England, we follow a young boy who is determined to be a dancer. This is of course heresy to his working-class father, who would much rather having him boxing than dancing. Throw in the usual male-dancers-are-queer allegations and a sympathetic dance teacher, and you have an award-winning heart-warmer.


110 minutes, No persons under 10 (Language)
Drama

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Credits
Cast
Julie Walters, Jamie Bell, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis, Jean Heywood, Stuart Wells, Mike Elliot, Janine Birkett, Nicola Blackwell, Billy Fane
Director
Stephen Daldry
ScreenplayLee Hall
MusicStephen Warbeck
CinematographyBrian Tufano
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2000
Produced byArts Council of England, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Studio Canal, Tiger Aspect, WT2, Working Title Films

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas14
Cape ArgusAdrian Monteath20
Cape ArgusDerek Wilson15
Cape TimesAlan Glogauer20
The StarJanine Walker20
Die BurgerFrancois Smith15
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge20
RapportBarrie Hough18
SAfm Screen & CoAlan Swerdlow15
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Jason Anderson10
Box Office (USA)Michael Tunison13
Total Film (UK)Neil Smith15
Film Review (UK)Anwar Brett20
IMDB2013 Netizens17
Average .. 83%17
Visitor Ratings
Gareth Henderson 20
Dion Scher 18
Shalantha Rampersad 20
David Suter (29) 16
Jon Francis1
Katherine Hinkle 20
Average .. 79%16

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: Okay, so the storyline is not entirely original (see The Karate Kid, for example) but the setting and presentation are fresh and hold the attention. In essence, the tale is about doing what you believe to be right, regardless of what your family or community says. A tribute to those courageous individuals who do.

Gareth Henderson (18): I felt that it dealt with so many issues that were relevant to madern day society.

Dion Scher (26): The acting was excellent and the characters well portrayed. This movie will make you laught and it'll make you cry. In its entirity, a truly excellent film that will leave you wanting more.

Shalantha Rampersad (24): Different from the normal Hollywood unrealistic stories. A very touching and heart-warming story, a definite must-see.

Jon Francis (28): There is no substance in BE's struggle - there is no substance in the rest of the characters' beliefs.

Katherine Hinkle (17): I think that this Billy Elliot is the best movie ever. That is my opinion, but it counts. I didn't really like the bad language, but I guess it goes in with everything.


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