Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (David Bradley), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher Mr. Farthing (Colin Welland) and his fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence, until tragedy strikes. Written by
They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his spirit.
Did You Know?
In an interview for the book "Loach on Loach", director Ken Loach said that he regretted the portrayal of Jud in the film. Loach said that he had made Jud into too much of a brute and had not focused enough on the hardships that he faced as a coal miner. See more
Member of crew visible (with a beard) in the scene where Mr. Sugden is selecting the football teams. See more
[training his falcon
The majority of the crew were listed simply under the heading "This film was made by..." without each person's specific job title (director of photography, sound recordist, editor etc) being given. See more
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"New Every Morning Is the Love'
Lyrics by John Keble
Music by Samuel Webbe
Hymn sung at school See more