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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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The Yorkshire dialect used in the film is difficult for some other English-speakers to understand. Some scenes in the recent DVD and VHS releases have been dubbed (e.g. the opening scene) to reduce the dialect, and the film was entirely dubbed when released in the USA. See more »

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

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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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Featured in A Story of Children and Film (2013) See more »

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"New every morning is the Love'
Lyrics by John Keble
Music by Samuel Webbe
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This is a classic.
26 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

If you are not from the north of England you may have difficulty with the dialogue in this film but dont let it put you off this is a masterpiece.The story of a teenage boy with no friends and no hope set in the mining heartland of yorkshire in the sixties is absolutely authentic. He finds salvation from the grim reality of his existence when he rears and trains a young kestrel, which is the only thing in his young life that has any meaning.David Bradley who plays Billy Casper in the leading role is superb.There are many scenes from the film that are absolute gems, but here are a few that warrant a special mention.Brian Glover playing the role of billys physical education teacher is out of this world, why he was never nominated as best supporting actor for an oscar i will never know.Colin Welland (later to become an oscar winner himself for screenplay of chariots of fire) was also brilliant as billys form teacher.The film reaches out to you on many levels. In me it stirred horror, anger, humour and tears.I am quite sure it will also do the same to anyone who views this timeless masterpiece.


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