1960s British film-making showed much of its potential in this now classic movie chronicling the boyhood experiences of Billy (David Bradley), whose expectations lead no further than following his father into the pits when he reaches manhood. Everything changes when he finds Kes, an injured Kestrel, whom he nurses and cherishes back to health. Their relationship becomes symbolic of a doomed attempt to escape the drudgery of the industrial North. Kes is a beautiful, moving and compassionate film, realistic and often funny. Written and directed by Ken Loach, that most politically committed of British film-makers, Kes is one of his most impassioned works of this gifted director.
Barry Hines (book), Barry Hines (adaptation)
David Bradley ...
Freddie Fletcher Freddie Fletcher ...
Lynne Perrie Lynne Perrie ...
Colin Welland Colin Welland ...
Brian Glover Brian Glover ...
Bob Bowes Bob Bowes ...
Bernard Atha Bernard Atha ...
Youth Employment Officer
Laurence Bould Laurence Bould
Joey Kaye Joey Kaye ...
Comedian at Pub
Ted Carroll Ted Carroll
Robert Naylor Robert Naylor ...
Agnes Drumgoon Agnes Drumgoon
George Speed George Speed ...
Desmond Guthrie Desmond Guthrie
Zoe Sutherland Zoe Sutherland ...
Release Date:19 June 1970 (France)
Also Known As:Kerkenez
Filming Locations:Athersley South, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, UK