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?
In an interview for the book "Loach on Loach", director Ken Loach said that he regretted the portrayal of Jud in the film. Loach said that he had made Jud into too much of a brute and had not focused enough on the hardships that he faced as a coal miner. See more
Member of crew visible (with a beard) in the scene where Mr. Sugden is selecting the football teams. See more
Mere fodder for the mass media.
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
Compared to the version currently released on DVD and VHS, there is a slightly longer edit with differences in certain scenes. The extra minutes come mostly from the scene when Bill is questioned by his classmates about his falcon: there are more questions asked. In addition, certain scenes in this version have dialogue in the base dialect whereas the version on current release has more standardized speech. This is particularly notable in the opening scene when Jud gets up for work, and in the scene when Jud bullies Billy about his new book. See more
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Written by Bobby Russell
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