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?
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
In the first scene, when Billy Casper gets up to switch the light off, his hand misses the light switch on his first attempt to switch it off, and has to try again to turn the light off. 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
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