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Kes

  • Drama
  • Family
  • 1969
  • Ken Loach
  • 106 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring David Bradley. Billy Casper is a withdrawn boy who lives on a northern council estate with his mother and stepbrother. He shows little interest in his schoolwork, tries to avoid getting involved with local troublemakers, and is ambivalent about his future prospects. One day, however, his life gains a sense of purpose when he finds a kestrel's nest from which he takes a fledgeling to raise as a pet.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Ken Loach seems to acquire a surer mastery of his art with each picture, yet this, one of his earliest features, is still one of his best. Adapted from Barry Hines's "grim up north" novel A Kestrel for a Knave, it has such a ring of authenticity that you can almost smell the chips. As ever, Loach coaxes remarkable performances from his cast, with Freddie Fletcher epitomising bullying big brotherhood and Brian Glover caricaturing every games teacher who never made it. Outstanding, however, is David Bradley as the teenager who finds solace in a baby kestrel from the pain of his dysfunctional family life and the torment of school.

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Credits

Cast

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Billy CasperDavid Bradley (3)
Mr FarthingColin Welland
Mrs CasperLynne Perrie
JudFreddie Fletcher
Mr SugdenBrian Glover
Mr GryceBob Bowes
Mr CrossleyTrevor Hasketh
FarmerEric Bolderson
Mathematics teacherGeoffrey Banks
LibrarianZoe Sunderland
Mrs Casper's friendJoe Miller
Comedian at pubJoey Kaye

Crew

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DirectorKen Loach

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2011-09-09
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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