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"They beat him. They deprived him. they ridiculed him. They broke his heart but they couldn't break his spirit."
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The movie Kes follows Billy Casper, who is a 15 year old boy. He is bullied at school and abused at home. He has trouble paying attention in class and often steals things. He is considered to by hopeless by many people, including his family. Billy is afraid of ending up like the other men in his town and working at the coal mines. He finds a kestrel and takes up an interest in training it. He also is interested in falconry and steals a book on the subject.

Billy takes refuge in the Kes and is able to teach the bird how to talk. He receives praise for the first time in his life from one of his teachers. Billy’s brother gives him money and instructs him to go down to the race track and bet on two horses. Billy spends the money on food for the bird instead.

| 1969 | 1 hr 50 min | 7.9/10
David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie, Colin Welland
Ken Loach
Produced By
Tony Garnett

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