The story takes place during the 1984 strike in England protesting the closure of some British coal mines. Billy's macho father and older brother are both miners, but father wants to cross the picket line and his son is violently union and even gets arrest during one of the union protests, so there's that interplay. Billy is supposed to be taking boxing lessons, but he hates the violence and is not very good at it. He discovers a ballet class held in the same building at the same time and becomes fascinated with it. The ballet teacher agrees to him joining the class, finds that he has talent, and gives him private lessons for nothing. When Billy's father and brother find out about the ballet, things get pretty heated. Eventually, after the ballet teacher lays it on the line, telling Billy's father that Billy should try out for the Royal Ballet audition, father reluctantly gives in and the older son goes along with it. Father accompanies Billy to the audition and the interview, at which time he seems to realize how lucrative a dance career could be for Billy and that it would save him from having to toil in the mines. Although it was not alluded to in the movie, It was rather obvious that Billy received a scholarship to the Royal Ballet school because otherwise there is no way his family could afford to pay. However, there are two omissions that bother me a little. After Billy passes the audition, the next thing we see of him is as an adult going on stage as the lead male dancer in a ballet, with his father and brother in the audience, so is this the first time they've seen Billy dance or just the first time they saw him dance the lead? Also, where has Billy been all this time? Has he lived in London in a dorm for students of the Royal Ballet, has he commuted back and forth from London to his home? I know they're both small things and some of you reading this interview may think I'm nitpicking, but I'm the kind of person who doesn't like anything left hanging. It hasn't diminished my love for movie, however - I'd just like to know! By the way, that final scene, when Billy goes on stage, is magnificent. Every time I watch this movie I rewind to the beginning of that scene and watch it a couple of more times. It's a rather short scene, but OMG - what a magnificent dancer and perfect use of slow-mo!!!
Love this movie. It's uplifting, full of hope in the face of adversity... incongruous is a good word. Poor, working class miner's son want to be, of all things, not just a dancer, a BALLET dancer. He fights for what he wants, finally brining his hard-working, widower father around, and the last scene... I must have watched just those final few minutes about ten times... breathtaking! Oh, it's British, young Jamie bell is Billy Ellliot and does a fine, fine job.
Great movie. It is an old movie why isn't it free with my Amazon prime. I had a problem when I was watching it so I had to pause it. When I went back to watch next day it had expired and I was asked to pay again. I had to call customer service
Wonderful Movie and arrived in perfect condition. Have seen it many times and enjoyed it even more this time by turning on the subtitles. Not really necessary to enjoy the film, but if you want to understand each and every word, subtitles are there to clarify the local accents. This film is much better than the stage play and brings happy tears each time I watch the ending. Also love how each character slowly evolves through out the film as well as encourages male dancers to succeed. No stereotypes required. Just a heart's desire.
A touching story of a young, English boy who loves to dance. His mother has died and his father is a coal miner who doesn't have steady work because of the strikes. Billy Elliott faces the grief and frustration of his life with an intensity that only finds expression in his ability to dance. Initially his father rejects this form of expression. ("Boys don't do ballet.") Then he has a change of heart and rallies to his son's defense. The script is poignant, the acting is superb. Icing on the cake is the cinematography and the sound track. The visual and aural impression is long lasting.
I really like this movie a lot. I saw it back when it first came out, and recently watched it again with my kids (8 & 11). In fact, my kids liked it so much, they watched it a second time. It is a heart warming story, which shows how imperfect families (not always living in the best of circumstances) can pull together to support each other. I love the message it gives, by having Billy remain true and loyal to his childhood friend, regardless of his sexual orientation. It also shows a father come to terms with letting go of his own preconceived notion of how his son should live, to doing the right thing in supporting his son's dreams. Great movie, and in my opinion, suitable for kids.
Billy Elliot is a fantastic movie when I first saw it as a teenager, and just as fantastic watching it recently with my teenager. It's the first rated R movie I've let her watch - because it's worth it. Rated R for language - their language is pretty 'salty'. But what a beautiful story. I cried more as a parent relating to having to give up some of our own ideas for our children in order for them to follow their dreams. The sacrifices, and drama. It's just wonderful. My 16 year old loved it, by the way.
How many of us have known what it is that we wanted to do with our lives at an early age or any age for that matter and been thwarted by parents or society or difficult circumstances to spend the rest of our lives knowing that we could have done it if only we had had the guts and determination to follow our dream. This movie shows us that if we really have a burning desire to accomplish something that we feel in our very being is what we are meant to do, if we are willing to defy the odds then, we can do what ever it is that we want to do no matter the odds and we and can succeed when we follow our dreams and our heart. This is a very heart warming story about a boy who at 11 knew exactly what he wanted to do & a father who supported him against all odds Just the willingness of the father to give his support to his son . The movie is well worth watching for this alone.