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?
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
When the PE teacher is explaining the meaning of the word "stimulating" to Goodfry, he spells the word incorrectly. See more
[training his falcon
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 Camera Buff
The Marrow Song (Oh! What A Beauty)
Written by Edrich Siebert
Performed by Joey Kaye
at the club See more