Kes (1969)

In this 1969 Ken Loach film, a 15-year-old named Billy Casper (played by acting newcomer David Bradley) suffers abuse both at home and at school in Yorkshire, England. At his home in the working-class section of Barnsley, Billy's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1969
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Kes is one of the most astute, engaged films about education and what it takes for kids to be excited about learning or passionate about anything, really, whether in the classroom or roaming the fields with a feathered friend.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Terrific performances, illuminated by Chris Menges' naturalistic but often evocative photography.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

One of the most powerful coming-of-age stories ever told, containing passages of great beauty.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

A classic of British social realism.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Loach is not a director of notable style, nor can he often refuse the obvious shot, but he seems to have a remarkable talent for handling actors and obtaining performances that are truly memorable.

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Jack Ibberson
Sight and Sound

Kes, admirably photographed by Chris Menges (who was camera operator on Poor Cow) is not to be lightly dismissed; and Loach's success with young players especially makes one eager to see his forthcoming film for the Save the Children Fund.

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Variety Staff

Simply, the filmmakers have brought the background of the boy's life vividly into reality.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Kes is Loach at his best.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

One of the nation's finest film-makers at an early peak.

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Bob Stinson
Whoops,...I had never heard of this British gem. Well directed drama feels almost entirely undirected. Social-realist look at young boy growing up in a… More
Kevin M. Williams
Northern England, 1969, and life is pretty glum for an introspective lad just finishing up regular school. Its the system, you see, that handles people like… More
Pierluigi Puccini
An achingly beautiful tale. The bucolic music and the landscapes wandered by the formidable protagonist child and his trained kestrel, embellish the cold and… More
Randy Tippy
Ken Loach's sobering, no-frills look at adolescent perseverance in the face of poverty, cruelty and indifference. The subject matter may be bleak and… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] This much adored Ken Loach picture is a likable, smart and rightfully depressing… More
Jason Owens
Hailed as one of the best British movies of all time, I watched it and it was okay yeah, but I don't see it as being that great. The football sequence, as… More