Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Ken Loach
Production: Image Entertainment
  Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Are yer all right now?

- I'm bloody champion!

- I'll be off, then.

And don't be late tonight.

- Allot?

- Sir.

- Bowser?

- Sir.


- Absent, sir.

- Absent, Bridges. Casper?

- Sir.

- Clegg?

- Sir.

- Fisher?

German Bight.

- Did you say something?

- I didn't mean to, sir.

Stand up, lad. What did you say?

- German Bight, sir.

- He's daft, sir.

- ls this your ridiculous idea of a joke?

- No, sir.

- What is the idea, then?

- When you said "Fisher", sir.

- What about it?

- Fisher. German Bight.

It's the shipping forecast, sir.

Fisher. German Bight. Cromarty.

I like to hear it every night, sir.

I like t'names.

So you thought you'd enlighten me and

the class with your idiotic information?

- No, sir.

- Making a mess of my register.

- lt just came out.

- And so did you, Casper.

Just come out from under a stone.

I said, quiet!

ls anyone else absent

besides Bridges and Fisher?

Any girls?

Right. Now, then,

it's time you were off to assembly.

One row at a time. This one, stand.

Move forward.

Pamela, you're talking. Cut it out.

- Billy, what do yer mean, Germans bite?

- I'm sick of hearin' about "Germans bite"!

- Are yer comin' nestin' tomorrow?

- Ar.

- What time?

- About six.

Don't be late.

- Coming, Guth?

- Where?

- Nestin'.

- When?

- Tomorrow.

- What time?

- About six.

- Can't. Takin' t'girlfriend to Sheffield.


What do you want

at this time in the morning?

Get your Mac up.

Hey, he's fast asleep.

I can't get him up at this time.

- Just get him up for me.

- His father, he'll be down to yer.

I'm not bothered about his father.

I want your MacDowall.

- Bugger off, you little sod!

- Get him up, will yer?

- I'm not gettin' him up.

- He said I had to get him up.

He's fast asleep and he's not goin',

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Barry Hines

Melvin Barry Hines, FRSL (30 June 1939 – 18 March 2016) was an English author who wrote several popular novels and television scripts. He is best known for the novel A Kestrel for a Knave (1968), which he helped adapt for Ken Loach's film Kes (1969). more…

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