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.
They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his spirit.
Did You Know?
The film had its premier in Doncaster in South Yorkshire, close to where it was shot. 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
Some copies of the film have a few extra minutes in the scene where Billy explains his hobby to his class, when a ginger-haired child asks an extra question about laying eggs. Why this scene was removed is unknown. Copies that include it are very rare and usually from home-recordings made from a 1980s BBC broadcast. See more
Written by Bobby Russell
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