Kes (1969)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Family  |  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.


(as Kenneth Loach)


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


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.


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 April 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

'Kes' - falken  »

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1.66 : 1
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After getting caned the boys the boys enter the classroom, the teacher greets them: 'Good morning, "Entry of the Gladiators".' This is "Entry of the Gladiators" 1897 by Julius Fuchic, marching music popular with colliery brass bands. See more »


Member of crew visible (with a beard) in the scene where Mr. Sugden is selecting the football teams. See more »


Billy: [training his falcon] C'mon Kes!
Billy: C'mon Kes!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Featured in The Culture Show: British Film Special (2007) See more »


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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