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Kes (1969)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family | 3 April 1970 (UK)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet kestrel.

Director:

Ken Loach (as Kenneth Loach)

Writers:

Barry Hines (novel), Barry Hines (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bradley ... Billy
Freddie Fletcher Freddie Fletcher ... Jud
Lynne Perrie Lynne Perrie ... Mrs. Casper
Colin Welland ... Mr. Farthing
Brian Glover ... Mr. Sugden
Bob Bowes Bob Bowes ... Mr. Gryce
Bernard Atha Bernard Atha ... Youth Employment Officer
Laurence Bould Laurence Bould
Joey Kaye Joey Kaye ... Comedian at Pub
Ted Carroll
Robert Naylor Robert Naylor ... MacDowell
Agnes Drumgoon Agnes Drumgoon
George Speed George Speed ... Billy's Friend
Desmond Guthrie Desmond Guthrie
Zoe Sunderland Zoe Sunderland ... Librarian (as Zoe Sutherland)
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Storyline

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. Written by alfiehitchie

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They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his spirit.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, nudity and some teen smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Was filmed in sequence, except for climbing the wall to take a chick, as the kestrels were growing daily and close to gaining their primary feathers used for flight. The film took around eight weeks to shoot, working six days a week through the summer holidays. Suffice to say, it was a memorable experience for all involved cast and crew. See more »

Goofs

When the PE teacher is explaining the meaning of the word "stimulating" to Goodfry, he spells the word incorrectly. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Gryce: Mere fodder for the mass media.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in A Story of Children and Film (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

"New Every Morning Is the Love'
Lyrics by John Keble
Music by Samuel Webbe
Hymn sung at school
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This is a classic.
26 March 2001 | by R-P-LSee all my reviews

If you are not from the north of England you may have difficulty with the dialogue in this film but dont let it put you off this is a masterpiece.The story of a teenage boy with no friends and no hope set in the mining heartland of yorkshire in the sixties is absolutely authentic. He finds salvation from the grim reality of his existence when he rears and trains a young kestrel, which is the only thing in his young life that has any meaning.David Bradley who plays Billy Casper in the leading role is superb.There are many scenes from the film that are absolute gems, but here are a few that warrant a special mention.Brian Glover playing the role of billys physical education teacher is out of this world, why he was never nominated as best supporting actor for an oscar i will never know.Colin Welland (later to become an oscar winner himself for screenplay of chariots of fire) was also brilliant as billys form teacher.The film reaches out to you on many levels. In me it stirred horror, anger, humour and tears.I am quite sure it will also do the same to anyone who views this timeless masterpiece.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kes See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,517
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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