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Kes (1969)

 -  Drama | Family | Sport  -  3 April 1970 (UK)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

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(as Kenneth Loach)

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(book), (adaptation), 2 more credits »
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Freddie Fletcher ...
Jud
Lynne Perrie ...
Mrs. Casper
Colin Welland ...
Mr. Farthing
Brian Glover ...
Mr. Sugden
Bob Bowes ...
Mr. Gryce
Bernard Atha ...
Youth Employment Officer
Laurence Bould
Joey Kaye ...
Comedian at Pub
Ted Carroll
Robert Naylor ...
MacDowell
Agnes Drumgoon
George Speed ...
Billy's Friend
Desmond Guthrie
Zoe Sutherland ...
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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 alfiehitchie

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They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his spirit.

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Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language, nudity and some teen smoking | See all certifications »

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3 April 1970 (UK)  »

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'Kes' - falken  »

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Although the location of Barnsley is crucial to the film, the novel on which the film was based was not set in any specific location. See more »

Goofs

When the PE teacher is explaining the meaning of the word "stimulating" to Goodfry, he spells the word incorrectly. See more »

Quotes

Billy: [training his falcon] C'mon Kes!
[whistling]
Billy: C'mon Kes!
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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 »

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Referenced in Camera Buff (1979) See more »

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The Marrow Song (Oh! What A Beauty)
Written by Edrich Siebert
Performed by Joey Kaye at the club
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A pleasure to watch
10 April 2002 | by (Bedfordshire,England) – See all my reviews

Kes is a film i was aware about all the way back to when i was at school (it was made the year after i was born)but i never got around to seeing it until now and boy am i pleased i did. Rarely is there a film that exudes charm like Kes. The acting is not brilliant , neither is the script but that is what makes this film such a joy. It made me feel i was back at school amongst the self important jumped up teachers and the cruel kids .It made me remember the times when i was a teenager that i didnt care for at the time yet it also made me long to be that age again! The story is of a young lad who through having a bad time at school and with his family he finds solice in training a young bird of prey. David bradley (Casper) is excellent ,as is Brian Glover as the P.E teacher who likes to think he is Bobby Charlton. The scene when he takes the boys out to play football is brilliant . The cinemetography is superb and the haunting music contributes to what can only be described as Very good movie. 8 out of 10.


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