Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot (2000)

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Factual error: In the scene where Billy's brother argues with a miner in the local shop, there is a plastic Polo dispenser that wasn't around in 1984.

Continuity mistake: When Billy Elliot is looking for Mrs Wilkinson's house he is wearing his school bag over his shoulder. When, later, he gets out of the car he no longer has it with him.

Continuity mistake: When Jackie is inside the bus leading to the mine, an egg hits his window, but when the bus is viewed from outside, the window is clean.

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Continuity mistake: When Billy punches the other boy in the Ballet School after his audition, he hits the boy's face on the left side, but the boy grips his right side after falling down.

Factual error: After Billy dances in the gym in front of his father, he goes out in the cold, everything is covered in snow, but no steam comes out of his mouth...

Continuity mistake: When Billy crosses the road and says goodbye to Mrs. Wilkinson's daughter, she is standing in front of a giant advert poster. A police van drives past, and when it leaves the scene again, the girl isn't there any more. With the van covering her for not even one second, she could never walk away in this short time.

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Suggested correction: I'm not sure if this can (or should) be classified as a "continuity error" in that the sudden "vanishing" is meant to be movie magic or part of the entertainment (as opposed to trying to give the impression that the girl was actually physically able to board the bus or walk away that quickly). I've seen this same type of "disappearance" in several movies and believe it is part of the "comedy" (and "Billy Elliot is classified as a comedy, although it is hardly the "LOL" type).


Continuity mistake: During the pillow fight, the amount of feathers on Billy and the girl are not continuous between shots, especially when Billy's back is covered in feathers and he bends forwards towards her.


Billy: Just because I like ballet doesn't mean I'm a poof, you know.

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Trivia: At one stage in the movie, Billy and his dance teacher travel across the Transporter Bridge, the only working cradle bridge in the world, which crosses the River Tees from Middlesbrough to Port Clarence, Stockton-on-Tees. At the time of the Miners Strike in 1984, when the film is set, neither Middlesbrough nor Stockton-on-Tees had an active coal field. Whilst the Transporter Bridge, now a grade 2 listed structure, is still working, it is not really a reguarly used entry or exit use from Teeside, if Billy and his teacher were going to an audition. Which raises the question as to why they were on the bridge, apart from giving the director the chance to show off a spectacular structure.

Jeff Walker

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Question: What is the music on which Billy dances when he is auditioning at the end of the film? It doesn't figure on the soundtrack.

Answer: It's called 'I Will Dance' by Stephen Warbeck.

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