Billy Elliot details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven, Jean Heywood, Stuart Wells, Nicola Blackwell|
|Collections:||Top 100 Best of British|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Aug 2003|
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So heartwarming - Much...By suzie#2 from SURBITON , 15 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]So heartwarming - Much better than I expected. I highly recommend it. Great acting.
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* * * * *By Clem (77 reviews) from South Coast, UK , 12 Dec 2006This is a wonderful film - it is categorised as 'comedy', but it's far more than this. It is a significant glance at a number of issues including :-
* socio-political problems of the evil Thatcher years
* working class family values
* family loyalties and conflicts
* solidarity and betrayal
* adult and childhood comradeship
* adolescent angst
* sexual identity and homophobia
* trials of poverty
That it manages such a wide spectrum (albeit very briefly in some cases) while also delivering a funny, touching and very realistic film is a credit to the Director and the cast.
The use of the dour Northern industrial backgrounds (as premiered so successfully in the Sixties 'kitchen sink' films such as A Taste of Honey) is well handled, adding a further dimension to this marvellous film.
There are magnificent performances by Jamie Bell (Billy), Gary Lewis (his father), Julie Walters (ballet teacher) with good supporting roles by Jamie Draven (Billy's elder brother), Nicola Blackwell and Stuart Wells (Billy's schoolfriends) and Jean Heywood (Billy's grandmother). And the Royal Ballet Selection Panel are a treat !
Well worth viewing and highly recommended.
Billy ElliotBy Mr_D (26 reviews) from Llandysul, , 31 Oct 2006The language is a little fruity, but what a moving film.
Worth it even if only for the soundtrackBy a customer from Dundee, 1890 , 30 Oct 2006This was quite fresh and funny, although it doesn't have the depth that Calendar Girls surprised me by managing. The best things about this are the soundtrack and the North-of-England playground expressions the kids come out with that sound authentic but which surely cannot have been used by any real person in any time or place.
billy elliotBy a customer from newcastle upon tyne ,england , 23 Jun 2006great entertainment first class
Excellant filmBy Louise from Carmarthen, Wales , 04 Apr 2006Brill brill brill nothing else to say really