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8 /10
Average Rating
7.50 /10
David Bradley , Lynne Perrie, Colin Welland
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Directed by: Ken Loach
Written by: Barry Hines, Ken Loach, Tony Garnet from Barry Hines's novel A Kestrel for a Knave

Released: 1969
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Length: 109

A small boy (David Bradley, pictured) in a north Yorkshire town befriends a kestrel.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Funny, enchanting, and ultimately rather depressing. Barry Hines’s story has the effect of marrying Loach’s left-wing ideology and documentary realism to a humanity and humour which anyone can share. David Bradley is moving as the young boy , and there are very funny cameos as his schoolmasters from then unknowns Brian Glover and Colin Welland. The football game, in particular, remains a classic. Far superior to most "boy and his pet" movies, this is one of the few British masterpieces never to have made much impact in the United States, where audiences seem to have found the accents impenetrable.

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