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?
A reference is made to Billy coming from Biafra. The Nigerian-Biafran War (1967-1970) resulted in large numbers of Biafrans facing starvation. Images portrayed in the media represented Biafran children as suffering the greatest. This humanitarian crisis entered the public consciousness and the term 'Biafran' came to be applied to a very skinny person. See more
When Mr Sugden is dancing down the pitch in the early part of the match, he shouts various instructions and admonitions to Speed. Speed was on Tibbutt's team and was his first choice. See more
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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
Referenced in The Falls
"New every morning is the Love'
Lyrics by John Keble
Music by Samuel Webbe
Hymn sung at school See more