Rent Kes (1969)

4.0 of 5 from 257 ratings
1h 46min
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Synopsis:
British filmmaking showed much of its potential in this marvellous production chronicling the boyhood experiences of Billy, 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.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Laurence Bould, , , , Agnes Drumgoon, George Speed, Desmond Guthrie, Zoe Sunderland, The 4D Jones, , , Beryl Carroll, Julie Shakespeare
Directors:
Writers:
Barry Hines
Others:
Tony Garnett
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1971 BAFTA Best Supporting Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
20/01/2003
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English, German
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, German Hard of Hearing, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/11/2016
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Video interviews with actor David Bradley, producer Tony Garnett, director of photography Chris Menges, composer John Cameron, actor Bernard Atha, and kestrel advisor Richard HinesNone
  • Excerpts from the 2006 Kes reunion panel at the Bradford Film Festival, featuring Ken Loach, Tony Garnett, writer Barry Hines and actor Colin Welland
  • Extensive 1992 on-stage interview at the NFT with Ken Loach, interviewed by Derek Malcolm
  • Original theatrical trailer

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Reviews (1) of Kes

Realistic Slice of Life - Kes review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
08/07/2008

Acclaimed as Ken Loach's best film 'Kes' is a dark, depressing story of one boy who is given hope by training a rescued kestrel.

We really feel for Billy Casper as he seems destined for failure; both at school and with his family - particularly his brother who shows only hate to his younger sibling.

Loach creates a very plausible and realistic world that is hard to bear but almost impossible to pull away from.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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