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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

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  • Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
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Billy
Freddie Fletcher ...
Jud
Lynne Perrie ...
Mrs. Casper
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Mr. Farthing
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Mr. Sugden
Bob Bowes ...
Mr. Gryce
Bernard Atha ...
Youth Employment Officer
Laurence Bould
Joey Kaye ...
Comedian at Pub
Robert Naylor ...
MacDowell
Agnes Drumgoon
George Speed ...
Billy's Friend
Desmond Guthrie
Zoe Sunderland ...
Librarian (as Zoe Sutherland)
The 4D Jones
Eric Bolderson ...
Farmer
Joe Miller ...
Reg, Mother's Friend
Beryl Carroll
Julie Shakespeare
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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
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Julie Goodyear ...
Woman in betting shop (uncredited)

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Ken Loach ... (as Kenneth Loach)

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Barry Hines ... (novel "A Kestrel for a Knave")
 
Barry Hines ... (adaptation) and
Ken Loach ... (adaptation) (as Kenneth Loach) and
Tony Garnett ... (adaptation)

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Tony Garnett ... producer

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John Cameron

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Chris Menges ... (photography)

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Roy Watts

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William McCrow

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David Griffith ... production supervisor (as David Griffiths)

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Keith Evans ... assistant director
Sean Hudson ... second assistant director

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Peter Allchorne ... props

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Gerry Humphreys ... sound recordist (as Gerry Humphries)
Tony Jackson ... sound recordist
Mike McDuffie ... sound recordist
Peter Pierce ... dubbing editor

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Arthur Evans ... still photographer
Terry Lewis ... gaffer
John Matthews ... best boy
Ray Orton ... camera operator

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Daphne Dare ... wardrobe

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John Cameron ... conductor

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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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Plot Summary

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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Taglines They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his spirit. See more »
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Also Known As
  • A Kestrel for a Knave (United Kingdom)
  • Kes - poika ja haukka (Finland)
  • Кез (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • 'Kes' - falken (Sweden)
  • Кес (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 111 min
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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 Member of crew visible (with a beard) in the scene where Mr. Sugden is selecting the football teams. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Very British Picture (1993). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Mr. Gryce: Mere fodder for the mass media.
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