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Director:
Writers:
Barry Hines (book)
Barry Hines (adaptation) ...
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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:
An Eagle for an Emperor 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
 
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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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:
The headmaster of the school in the film was actually the headmaster of a nearby school.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mr Sugden is dancing down the pitch in the early part of the match, he shouts various instructions and admonitions to Speed. Speed was on Tibbutt's team and was his first choice.See more »
Quotes:
Billy:[training his falcon] C'mon Kes!
[whistling]
Billy:C'mon Kes!
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An Eagle for an Emperor, 19 January 2006
Author: Arthur Crown from United Kingdom

Ken Loach's (1969) film of Barry Hines' novel 'A Kestrel for a Knave' is written with Tony Garnett (Producer of 'Cathy Come Home' for BBC TV). Set in a mining community in the north of England it tells the story of young schoolboy Billy Casper (Dai Bradley) and his unexpected attachment to a Kestrel.

We join Billy in a fatherless family where Mum (Lynne Perrie) is struggling to keep things together and retain some semblance of control over Billy's fiery elder brother Jud (Freddie Fletcher).

Suddenly we see the well-established northern working class preoccupation with keeping pigeons elevated to an altogether higher plane as Billy begins to rear a kestrel chick. We follow him as he takes on the most challenging project of his life to date and becomes totally engrossed in learning everything he can about this wonderful bird; soon well on his way to becoming expert in the ancient art of falconry.

At school, Billy finds support from English teacher Mr Farthing (Colin Welland) who is not slow to recognise the impact this bird has had upon Billy's otherwise fractured and impoverished home life.

As Billy's imagination soars with his developing rapport with the bird, we share his keen enthusiasm and rich understanding of the nature of this sharp and noble predator.

But in doing so, we pay the price when Billy's troubled home life intervenes and robs him of what has become the powerful symbol of his ability to transcend the limitations of the tough and unforgiving community of which he is inexorably a part.

This is a great film that captures the unique ability of young people to find meaning and fulfilment in the darkest and most unpromising situations.

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