Theatrical Release: October 13, 2000
The life of a miner’s son in Northern England is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class on his way to boxing lessons. Joining the class, but keeping it a secret from his widowed father and overbearing brother, 11-year-old Billy (Jamie Bell) finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by the class’s exacting instructor, Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters). She encourages him to try out for the Royal Ballet School in London, where he can refine his craft while escaping his oppressive surroundings.
But when his father and brother find out about the ballet classes and forbid him to continue, Billy is torn between his responsibility to his family and to the gift with which he has been blessed. His overwhelming desire to dance has become much more to him than simply a means of self-expression. It is his passion, and it is his destiny.
This compelling story shows how a passion and a God-given gift can help overcome poverty and prejudice. Alas, I am unable to recommend it for family viewing due to the objectionable content, including profanity and obscenity from a child.
Adolescents discuss their parents' sexual lifestyles.
J-2; JC-1; C-3; F-41; S-8; B-1.
Striking miners clash with police; a child is slapped; a young man is hit by police batons; a father punches his son.
Two 11 year olds take a drink from a whiskey bottle; the older brother and several other characters are seen smoking on several occasions.
Male rear nudity as a man moons authorities.
The lead character's friend is gay, and is seen dressing up in girl's clothes; he is later seen as an adult with his life partner by his side.
Company: Universal Pictures
Runtime: 111 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright