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Director:
Writers:
Barry Hines (book)
Barry Hines (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
3 April 1970 (UK) 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:
Grim but Absolutely Captivating See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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
 
Art Department
Peter Allchorne .... props
 
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 | Finland:K-11 (2010) | Finland:K-18 (2006) (self applied) | 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:
The child actors who were beaten (actually caned on the hand) by the character of the school headmaster were paid an additional 50 pence for their trouble, according to a BBC Radio 4 interview.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Member of crew visible (with a beard) in the scene where Mr. Sugden is selecting the football teams.See more »
Quotes:
Billy:[training his falcon] C'mon Kes!
[whistling]
Billy:C'mon Kes!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)See more »

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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Grim but Absolutely Captivating, 10 November 1998
Author: anonymous

One of the defining films of my life. Very few films have come so close to accurately portraying Northern, English, Working Class life. Anyone from outside of this kind of community may find it grim and not appreciate the all the references. As someone who grew up at the same time and in a similar environment as the film then all I can see is the wit, spirit and sensitivity displayed in the face of individual and institutionalised brutality.

David Bradley as Billy is superb and even more amazing is the fact he did nothing before or since this film. All of the incidental characters are played by local residents - unfortunately this is sometimes clearly obvious. The football match however is, in my opinion, a classic cinematic moment.

The film has become even more poignant since many similar communities have since been devastated by the Thatcherite induced collapse of Britain's industrial base.

All in all a exceeding moving, funny, honest and captivating account of a young boy's life in a sometimes hostile, sometimes beautiful environment.

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