Billy Elliot

Synopsis: County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Stephen Daldry
Production: NCM Fathom
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 54 wins & 65 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Metacritic:
74
Rotten Tomatoes:
85%
R
Year:
2000
110 min
6,262 Views


He was your mom's favorite,

was Fred Astaire.

We used to watch him

at the Palace Picture House...

...and then dance around the front room

like lunatics.

Marvelous!

Mind, they used to say

I could have been a professional.

Come on, Grandma. Not now.

Grandma!

It's this one here!

Grandma!

It's over here!

Tony?

- Do you ever think about death?

- F*** off!

Night-night, then.

Plenty of boys do ballet, you know.

Do they now? What boys do ballet?

Nobody around here, but plenty of men do.

Poofs.

Not necessarily poofs.

Who, like?

What about that Wayne Sleep?

He's not a poof.

He's as fit as an athlete.

- Bet he couldn't beat Daley Thompson.

- Maybe not in a race, but in stamina.

- Come tomorrow. You can just watch.

- I can't.

Gotta go to boxing, haven't I?

Please yourself, then.

See you around.

Aye. See ya.

Right, lads. Look sharp. Everybody out.

Turn, turn and stop.

One, two, three. One, two, three.

Arms are in fifth.

One, two, three.

Turn, turn and stop.

One, two, three. Where are those arms?

- I don't know what to do.

- Follow the others.

Shut up, Debbie. One, two, three.

Nice pretty arms. And stop.

See? I told you it takes loads of practice.

- Debbie.

- What, Mom?

- What do you call me?

- Miss.

Shove off!

So, do we get the pleasure

of your company next week?

It's just...

...I feel like a right sissy.

Well, don't act like one.

Fifty pence, please.

If you're not coming again,

give us your shoes.

- You're all right.

- Right.

What are you doing,

going around like creeping Jesus?

Naught.

They found your nanna in the Spar stores.

Where have you been?

Boxing. Where do you think?

What are you doing?

- I forgot me gloves.

- They were my dad's gloves.

You better take better care of them, okay?

Copy down that diagram.

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