PG-13 | 1h 50min | Drama, Family | 3 April 1970 (UK)
A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for language, nudity and some teen smoking
One of the defining films of my life. Very few films have come so close to accurately portraying Northern, English, Working Class life. Anyone from outside of this kind of community may find it grim and not appreciate the all the references. As someone who grew up at the same time and in a similar environment as the film then all I can see is the wit, spirit and sensitivity displayed in the face of individual and institutionalised brutality.
David Bradley as Billy is superb and even more amazing is the fact he did nothing before or since this film. All of the incidental characters are played by local residents – unfortunately this is sometimes clearly obvious. The football match however is, in my opinion, a classic cinematic moment.
The film has become even more poignant since many similar communities have since been devastated by the Thatcherite induced collapse of Britain’s industrial base.
All in all a exceeding moving, funny, honest and captivating account of a young boy’s life in a sometimes hostile, sometimes beautiful environment.
Director: Ken Loach (as Kenneth Loach)
Writers: Barry Hines (novel), Barry Hines (adaptation)
Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher
Release Date: 21 October 1971 (Hungary)
Also Known As: Kes
Filming Locations: Miles Antiquarian Bookshop, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK