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Sir Billi (2012)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 13 April 2012 (USA)
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A retired veterinarian living in a remote Scottish village encounters a goat who thinks he's a dog, an Admiral who's afraid of the water, and a beaver who was raised by rabbits.

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Sascha Hartmann

Writer:

Tessa Hartmann
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ford Kiernan ... Officer McKenzie / Banjo Barry (voice)
Greg Hemphill ... Officer McTavish (voice)
Alana Gray Alana Gray ... Beaver 1 (voice)
Valentina Hartmann Valentina Hartmann ... Bessie Boo (voice)
Barbara Rafferty Barbara Rafferty ... Bessie's Mom (voice)
Regina Reagan Regina Reagan ... Vicky (voice)
John Amabile John Amabile ... Milkvan Driver (voice)
Ruby Wax ... Patty Turner (voice)
Sean Connery ... Sir Billi (voice) (as Sir Sean Connery)
Alan Cumming ... Gordon (voice)
Jamie Still Jamie Still ... Wee Dave (voice)
Alex Norton ... Butler / Baron McToff (voice)
Larry Sullivan Larry Sullivan ... Lady Serena Sedgewick (voice)
Tallia Storm ... Mistress Meggan McToff (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... Chantalle McToff (voice)
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When tragedy strikes in the highlands, there can be only one Scotsman for the job, Sir William Sedgewick, ak.a. Sir Billi. This is an adventure story about the power of a remote Scottish, but yet international community held together by the eccentric, skateboarding veterinarian and their race to save an illegal fugitive, Bessie Boo the beaver. Sir Billi and the village clash with the law in their fight to rescue Bessie. As they brave treacherous ravines and hazardous waters in the battle to save the illegal beaver, the question remains, who will get to her first? A roller coaster adventure, Sir Billi is undoubtedly the highland hero with a host of attractive traits. From the Bond-like characteristics, to a highland grandpa who still has a way with the ladies. His tartan dungarees are often seen navigating the narrow but dramatic highland roads, with a hint of showmanship and significant skill. A heart-warming and hilarious adventure that takes you to the magical west coast highland ... Written by Billi Productions Ltd

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Sir Billi, the last remaining Guardian of the Highlands.


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The filmmakers got Sir Sean Connery on-board after they approached a businessman in Scotland who was friends with him and agreed to pass on their materials to him. See more »

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Sir Billi: Testing, one, two, three. Ah, yes, you can hear me. I have a few words I'd like to say. People, today brought us many things - fear, sadness and, certainly, nervousness; troubled the old ticker at a point or two but most of all, it brought us all together. Ah, with my help, of course. But we could have seen the shadow of death, the trauma of loss and the heartache that would have followed. But as a team, as one united, we learned many things. We saw courage and leadership and we succeeded. Let ...
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References You Only Live Twice (1967) See more »

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Guardian of the Highlands
Performed by Shirley Bassey
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Never Been More Shaken...
19 November 2019 | by christianvolsSee all my reviews

A very powerful film dealing with complex issues like coming to terms with aging, police brutality, and animal abuse. While kids may find these thematic elements surprising, you'd be wise to force your kids to watch it, as it'll open their naive eyes to the way the world truly is: broken.

In the introduction to our protagonist: "Sir Billi", whose royal title juxtaposing with his dirty and worn attire, says a thousand words in an image I DARE you to find duplicated in some overly pretentious "cinema" like Citizen Kane. It is in this simple yet powerful depiction of riches turned to rags that unlocks the world that the characters of this movie inhabit. Not even wealth can bring you happiness, nor friends, nor family as indicated by Sir Billi's emotional coldness towards his daughter and grandson as he abandons his direct family for the companionship of an anthromorphic goat. The only thing that can you bring you happiness in the world of this film is the somber realization and acceptance that the only guarantee in life is death. Billie tries to warn the animals of this fact, but seeing as they are animals, they barely listen, which is in itself, a clever allegory for the real truth seekers out there pointing out the faults in today's modern society while the sheep are content with just feeding upon the grass of lies and discontent.

In a cold world that not even Scorsese could fully realize in Taxi Driver, Billi, in the twilight of his years, finds his only meaning in the metaphorical breaking of his shackles which were thrusted upon the common people by the strong arm of the law. Billi threatens a police officer with his own brute force, promising to "give him one", and allows Billi to reject the claim that police lives truly matter. In this film, no life matters more than the other, because the filmmakers in a genius way show us that life truly has no meaning except the one we assign it to. We hear of Billi's past adventures but we never see them. Are they the wistful and somber recollections of an old rapscallion wishing for the days of old? Or are they indicative of an ever darker theme rearing its ugly head? The filmmakers are supremely genius for never outright mentioning Billi has dementia, but leaving it open to interpretation, something even Kubrick wouldn't dare leave open-ended.

In the end, Sir Billi is really about the human condition and the flaws within us all. I find it to be a more revealing film each time. With its subtle storytelling techniques and intelligent characters, I couldn't think of a better film for Connery to close the curtains on his illustrious career. Himself now a mirror image of Sir Billi: A broken man, trying to find meaning in the twilight of his years in a world that has passed him by.


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Billi Productions

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guardian of the Highlands See more »

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Budget:

$5,220,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,838
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