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Director:
Writers:
Barry Hines (book)
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Release Date:
19 June 1970 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his spirit.
Plot:
A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
At times clunky, but an outstandingly powerful social commentary. See more (74 total) »

Cast

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David Bradley ... Billy
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 ... Librarian
The 4D Jones
Eric Bolderson ... Farmer
Joe Miller ... Reg, Mother's Friend
Beryl Carroll
Julie Shakespeare
Bill Dean ... Fish and Chip Shop Man (as Billy Dean)
Geoffrey Banks ... Mathematics Teacher
John Grayson
Duggie Brown ... Milkman
Trevor Hesketh ... Mr Crossley
Stephen Crossland ... Billy's Friend
Harry Markham ... Newsagent
David Glover ... Tibbutt
Frank Norton ... Billy's Friend
Martin Harley ... Billy's Friend
Leslie Stringer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Goodyear ... Woman in betting shop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ken Loach  (as Kenneth Loach)
 
Writing credits
Barry Hines (book "A Kestrel For A Knave")

Barry Hines (adaptation) and
Ken Loach (adaptation) (as Kenneth Loach) and
Tony Garnett (adaptation)

Produced by
Tony Garnett .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Cameron 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roy Watts 
 
Art Direction by
William McCrow 
 
Production Management
David Griffith .... production supervisor (as David Griffiths)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keith Evans .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist (as Gerry Humphries)
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Peter Pierce .... dubbing editor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daphne Dare .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
John Cameron .... conductor
 
Other crew
Peter Allchorne .... filmmaker
Michael Barnett .... filmmaker
Harry Bell .... filmmaker
Dave Clarke .... filmmaker (as David Clarke)
Harry Daly .... filmmaker
Jim Duffy .... filmmaker
Michael English .... filmmaker
Arthur Evans .... filmmaker
Penny Eyles .... continuity
Jane Harris .... filmmaker
Richard Hines .... filmmaker
Paddy Holman .... filmmaker
Sean Hudson .... filmmaker
Terry Lewis .... filmmaker
John Matthews .... filmmaker
Robert Matthews .... filmmaker
Mike McDuffie .... filmmaker
Mick Messenger .... filmmaker
Ray Orton .... filmmaker
Bert Payne .... filmmaker
Eddie Price .... filmmaker
Edward Riley .... filmmaker
Anne Robinson .... filmmaker
Franco Rosso .... filmmaker
Fred Ruff .... filmmaker
Nicola Webber .... filmmaker
Eric Wicks .... filmmaker
John Williams .... filmmaker
Tony Woodcock .... filmmaker
François Vila .... press agent (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language, nudity and some teen smoking
Runtime:
110 min | Netherlands:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Germany:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG-13 | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Billy:[training his falcon] C'mon Kes!
[whistling]
Billy:C'mon Kes!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Falls (1980)See more »

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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
At times clunky, but an outstandingly powerful social commentary., 29 September 2005
Author: alshepherd from United Kingdom

Kes is the story of a few weeks in the life of a schoolboy, Billy Casper, against the backdrop of social disintegration that was the north of England in the late 1960s. Billy finds and trains a kestrel, investing in it all the latent energy that his school and rough home life have suppressed, and finding in it a release from the all too present reality of the rest of his existence.

An outstanding performance from David Bradley as Billy glues together the sometimes shaky portrayals of the other characters. As a contemporary social commentary this is a film that has many of the elements you might expect. Billy has an impoverished family with an elder brother working down the pit and a single mother struggling to cope with the situation in which she finds herself. His school is staffed by teachers who react to their part in a failing system with aggression towards the pupils. And he's quite at home with petty crime, stealing a pint from the milkman and a volume to help him train the kestrel from the second hand bookshop. But the film is saved from cliché by the honesty of the acting and the quality of the direction; it seems at times as if we're watching a fly on the wall documentary. The reactions of the boys to the rant and the caning they receive for being caught smoking is entirely natural. Brian Glover as the sadistic games master is all too credible. And the employment interview is too close to my own experience to be fiction.

The film moves to its inevitable and unforgettable conclusion and we're left wondering what happened to Billy Casper after the filming finished.

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