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?
One of the Kestrels used in the film belonged to Robert Nairac, the Undercover soldier murdered by the IRA in 1977. Nairac was at College at the time when he allowed the film to 'borrow' his kestrel. See more
In the football match, Jim is selected to play for Sugden's team but ends up protesting about the allowed goal his captain, Mr Sugden, scores. 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 100 Greatest Films
The Marrow Song (Oh! What A Beauty)
Written by Edrich Siebert
Performed by Joey Kaye
at the club See more