Kes (1969) Script

[ Alarm Clock Ringing ]

[ Clock Stops Ringing ]

[ Boy ] Jud.

[ Jud ] What?

[ Boy ] Tha'd better get up.

The alarm's gone off, tha knows.

[ Jud ] You think I don't know?

Jud. What?

Tha'll be late! Shut it.

Clock's not fast. l said shut it.

[ Thud ] Get out! That hurts!

Well, shut it then. I'll tell me mum on thee.

[ Jud ] Shut your stinkin' hole.

[ Jud Sighs ]


Set clock on for me. For 7:00. [ Jud ] Set it yourseIf.

Go on. Tha are up.

ands off cocks, on socks.

You rotten sod! Just because you have to get up!

Another few weeks, Iad, tha'll be getting up with me. l'lI not. Won't tha?

No, 'cause l'm not gonna work down pit. Where's ya gonna work then? l don't know, but l'm not gonna work down pit.

No. And have l to tell thee why?

For one thing, tha's to be able to read and write before they set thee on.

And for another, they won't trouble with a little twat like thee.

Switch the light out then. Switch it out yourself.

Me biIlicking bike!

[ Barking ]

[ Children Chattering ]

[ Man ] l thought you weren't coming. Why? l'm not late, am l?

Very near.

I nearly was though. What do you mean?

Our Jud, he's taken the bike.

What you gonna do then? Walk it.

Walk it? How long do you think that's gonna take?

It'Il not take me long. Hey.

There's a waiting list a mile long for that job of yours.

Good lads, too, most of 'em. From up Firs HilI, round there. l haven't let you down, have l?

Ah, morning. Morning. [ Man ] Morning, sir.

Not very promising again. A bit on the nippy side as weIl this morning.

- Aye. 20 Players tipped, pIease.

Oh, right. l've not got 20. Will two 1 0's do? Yes. That'll be quite all right, thank you.

Ah, thank you. Right.

Cheerio. Cheerio. Good morning, sir.

Good morning.

You know what they said when I took you on? What?

They said, "You'lI have to keep your eyes open now, you know.

They're all aIike in that state up there. He'll take your breath if you're not carefuI." l haven't taken nowt of yours yet, have I? Well, l haven't given you a chance, that's why.

You don't have to. l  l haven't been nicking for ages now.

WeIl, come on then. Don't stand about alI day. I'm goin'.

j&j& [ Whistling ]

Hey up, young 'un! How thee goin' on? Not so bad.

You want to get one of these. This is better than walkin'.

Ah, only just. l could go faster on a kid's scooter.

WeIl, tha knows what l aIways say. What?

Third-class ridin's better than first-cIass walkin' any day.

You call that third-class ridin'? ln that ramshack?

What you mean, ramshack? This is one of best modeIs the dairy's got.

Cheeky young 'un. See thee tomorrow.

Can only go 20 mile an hour, as it is. Yeah? Got too much rattle, thee.

[ Machinery Chugging, Clanking ]

[ Chugging, Clanking Continue ]

[ Boy's Voice ] "Desperate Dan is stronger than all, but this opponent makes him fall.

Right! Where do you want to fight?

Right here! Skid. Down l go again! What's making me fall?

Now's my chance to jump on his chest! Thud!

You won't catch me out this time, you braggart!

A sock in the midriff will settle your game! Splash!

What's this on my face? Why, it's grease!

Give me that tube back!

That's how he kept making me slip! He was squirting invisible grease under my feet!

You dirty twister! It's time somebody taught you a Iesson!

Take that! Crash!

Where did he end up?

- In the middle of next week, UncIe Dan!" [ Factory Whistle Blows ]

[ Boys Chattering, Laughing ]

Evenin'. I told you it wouIdn't take me long.

What did you do? Throw haIf of 'em over the gates or something?

No need to. l know some shortcuts on the way back. l'll bet you do. Over other folks' property.

How many times do you want telIin' where to put that bag?

Time is it? Time you were at school. ls it that late?

I wouldn't be your teacher for all the coal in BarnsIey.

Oh, Mr. Porter! [ Gasps ]

Watch it, Mr. Porter. You clumsy young bugger!

What you tryin' to do? KiIl me?

[ Boy ] l Iost me balance.

l wouldn't put it past you either. I fair feIt me heart go then.

Just sit down here and relax a couple of minutes.

Are you aIl right now? l'm bloody champion. l'll be off then.

And don't be Iate tonight.

Allot? Sir.

Bowser? Sir.

Bridges? Absent, sir.

Absent. Bridges. Casper? Sir.

Clegg? Sir.

Fisher? German Bight.

[ CIass Laughing ]

[ Teacher ] Did you say something? Yes, sir. I didn't mean  Stand up, lad.

What did you say? German Bight, sir.

[ Class Chattering ] He's daft, sir.

[ Boy ] He's right, sir. Is this your ridiculous idea of a joke?

No, sir. WeIl, what is the idea then?

Well, when you said "Fisher," sir  Well, what about it? Just came out. Fisher. German Bight. lt's the shipping forecast, sir. Fisher. German Bight. Cromarty. l Iike to hear it every night, sir.

I like names. Huh.

And so you thought you'd enlighten me and the rest of the class with your idiotic information?

No, sir. BIurting out and making a mess of my register. lt just came out, sir. And so did you, Casper.

Just come out from under a stone. [ Class Laughing ]

[ Teacher ] l said, quiet! ls anyone else absent besides Bridges and Fisher?

Any girIs?

Right. Now, then, it's time we're off to assembly.

One row at a time. This one, stand.

[ Chairs Squeaking On FIoor ]

Move forward.

[ Children Chattering ]

Pamela, you're talking. Cut it out.

Hey up, BiIly. What's that mean, Germans bite?

Oh, shut your mouth. l'm sick of hearin' about "Germans bite."

Are you comin' nestin' tomorrow? Yeah, I'Il come.

What time? About 6:00.

Don't be late.

Thou coming, Guth? Where?


When? Tomorrow.

What time? About 6:00.

Can't. Why?

Takin' girlfriend to Sheffield. Excuses!

[ Boy ] Oh, they're not goin' at 6:00 after all!

[ Knocking ] [ Dog Barking ]

[ Rock Clinks On Window ]

What the bloody hell do you want at this time in the morning?

Get your Mac up. Hey, he's fast asleep. l can't get him up at this time.

Go get him up for me. His father, he'lI be down to ya! l'm not bothered about his father. l want your MacDowell.

[ Rocks CIinking On Window ]

Bugger off, you littIe sod! Get him up, see ya! l'm not gettin' him up. lt's too earIy for him.

He said l had to get him up. He's fast asIeep and he's not goin'.

So just get off with ya.

Now, then. What's tha doin'? Nowt.

Well, bugger off then. Don't you know it's private property?

Can I get up to that kestreI's nest? What kestrel's nest?

Up wall. There's no nest up there, so off tha goes.

There is. l've seen 'em come out.

What wilI tha do when tha gets up there? Take all its eggs?

There ain't any eggs. There are young 'uns. WeIl, there's nowt to go up for then, is there?

Can l come to the bottom then? Never seen a kestrel's nest before.

Come on then.

There it is. - Aye.

That big hole. It's nested there for donkeys' years now.

Just think. And l never knew. No, there's not many that does.

Been watching from the wood there.

Goes onto post, then hovers... then swoops down onto it prey, carries it off to it young 'uns.

Looks great. l've been gonna knock that wall down for ages now.

What for? Well, it's dangerous. l won't even let her play near.

If I lived round here, l'd get a young 'un and train it.

Would ya? You can train 'em.

Do you know how?

Do you know?

No. There's not many that does.

They're hard to train. lf they're not kept properly, it's criminal.

Do you know anybody who's kept 'em? One or two.

But, uh, they had to Iet 'em go because they're hard to train.

Where can l find out about 'em then?

Well, uh, probably at pubIic library. They'Il have some books on 'em.

Where's that? Down at city.

Hey. Are you a member?

What do you mean? Are you a member of the library? l don't know about that. l onIy want a book on falconry, that's all.

Well, you have to be a member to take a book out.

But l only want one. Have you filled one of these forms in?

No. You're not a member then.

You'll have to take one of these home first for your father to sign.

Me dad's away. You can wait till he comes back home, can't you?

I don't mean that. l mean he's left home.

Oh, l see. Well, in that case your mother'll have to sign it for you.

Yeah, but she's at work and she'll not be home till teatime, and it's Sunday tomorrow.

There's no rush, is there? I've never broke a book, you know. l haven't tore it or  Look at your hands. They're absolutely fiIthy.

We'll end up with dirty books that way. l don't ready dirty books. l should hope you don't read dirty books. You're not old enough to read dirty books.

Me mum knows one of the people who works here. That'Il help, won't it?

No, that doesn't heIp at all. You still have to have the back signed.

To be a member, you'll have to have somebody over 21 ... who is on the borough electoral roll to sign it for you.

Yeah, well, l'm over 21 . You're not over 21 .

Yeah, but l vote.

You don't vote. You're not old enough to vote. I vote for me mum. She don't like voting, so I do it.

Just have to wait for it, won't you?

Where would I find a  a book then? ln a shop, or  Go down the street. There's a secondhand bookshop there. You'Il find some down there.

[ Woman ] Good afternoon. Can l heIp you? [ Man ] Yes. l'm rather interested in Noel Coward's autobiography... uh, Present Indicative.

[ Woman ] Um 

[ Man ] No, l believe it's a compIete book.

[ Conversation Continues, Faint ]

What tha got this for? Tha can't read. Give us it here!

Come here! Get off!

FaIconry? What's tha want to know about falconry?

Give it here! [ Chuckles ]

"Falconer's Handbook." Where'd ya get this from? l've Ient it. Nicked it, more like.

Where'd ya get it from? A shop in town.

Tha must be crackers. l couId understand if it were money, but chuff me, not a book!

Have it!

Look what thou have done. I'm lookin' after this book!

And what better off wilI ya be when thou's got it?

A Iot. l'm gonna get a kestrel and train it. Train it?

Thou couldn't train a flea.

Anyway, where's ya gonna get a kestrel from?

I know a nest. Thou doesn't!

AIl right, then I don't. Where? l'm not tellin'. l says where?

Ow! Thou hurting me arm! Where then?

Monastery Farm.

Thou could have broke me arm then.

Have to see about goin' round there with t' old gun. lf thou does, l'll teIl t' farmer on thee.

Why? What's he got to do with it? He protects 'em.

Protects 'em?

Hawks are a menace to farmers. They eat all the pouItry and that.

Yeah, l know. They dive down at cows and take 'em away.

Funny bugger. Well, thou talks daft.

They're only small.

They eat mice, insects and Iittle birds sometimes. l hope l'll be watchin' a bird tonight.

She'll not have feathers though. Not all over, any road.

Have you had any tea yet, BilIy? No.

Well, get some then. You know where t' pantry is.

How's your horses gone on, Jud? Not bad.

Two winners. You haven't, have ya?

Yeah. Might be getting tret tonight then.

Oh, somebody treats you every night. Oh, shut it.

And don't you be comin' home blind drunk again either, Jud.

Why? Are you entertainin'?

[ GiggIes ] You kiddin'? lf l entertained as much as you, l shouId do all right, shan't l?

What tripe you've been goin' out with Iately. My God.

Better than that cripple you bring home, in't?

What cripple? Reg? He's not a cripple. Will be if he comes in here tonight.

At least them l go out with are not tightfisted, that's all.

Who is? Your man!

You want to talk! You chuck your bIoody money around like a Scotchman with no arms!

You have to use a spanner to get a threepenny bit out of his hand, that's why.

Aye, because he's comin' wise to you, in't he?

Ooh. Listen, what about him you're goin' with? He's tight as a camel's arse in a sandstorm.

You just keep your hand over your mouth taIkin' about him, 'cause you'Il get into trouble.

You're not too big to have a good hiding. He can't do it.

Who can't? He can't!

You might find that he's bigger than what you think.

More chance of gettin' struck by lightnin' than him hittin' me.

Shut your face. l'm fed up of it.

It's every bIoomin' Saturday night l get ready to go out, you're at me.

I always go out in a mess and alI upset. Yeah, l know!

Gettin' too big for your boots, comin' in and out here, thinking you own the damned house.

You don't own it yet, you know.

No. l will do one day though, won't l?

Over my dead body. That's what l says. l'll own it one day, won't l?

I'm sick on it, Jud. I am. Pig sick. And I'm sick of you! l go out to work every day, and every Saturday night l go out for a drink and you upset me. l don't think I'Il go. I'm that fed up. Well, don't bother. l'll not miss you.

You'Il not bloody miss nowt. You'lI be out there, won't ya?

Yeah. - Aye.

Aye, what a smart-lookin' kid in t' mirror.

Some bird's gonna be lucky tonight.

[ Mother ] Listen to God's gift to woman.

Fancy buying me a brandy and pep tonight?

Aye. l hope it keeps fine for ya.

j&j& [ Whistling ]

These could have done with a bit of a poIish. [ Spits ]

Oh, stiIl, never mind. lt's gonna be dark soon.

What you gonna do with yourself tonight, Iove?

[ BilIy ] Read me book.

Oh, God, look at the time. Five to 7:00. I'm gonna be late again.

Listen, Billy, there's two bob here. Chuck? l want you to get yourself some pop and some crisps. D'ya hear?

[ BilIy ] Yeah.

And don't stilI be up when l come in, wilI ya.


[ Mother ] Good night then. [ Door Closes ]

j& l came home unexpectedly j& j& And caught her crying needlessly j& j& ln the middle of the day j& j& And that was in the earIy spring j& [ Chattering, lndistinct ] j& When flowers bloom and robins sing j& j& She went away j& j& And honey, l miss you j& How are you, darIing?

AIl right, thanks. [ Conversation Continues, lndistinct ] j& And l'm bein' good j&

He brought you up here? Yeah. j& And l'd love to be with you j& j& lf only I j& j& Could j&j& j&j& [ Ends ]

[ Man ] Give me a chance! Thank you.

[ Applause ] l'd like to carry on with a TremeIoes number. j&j& [ Song Begins ] You can have a good time up to a point.

But there comes a time when you want to settle down.

Oh, I I'm gettin' a bit fed up of workin' all t' time.

There's pIenty of time to settle down, in't there? Depends what you're Iookin' for, don't it? j&j& [ Continues ] l just Iike to come home, get me meal, get a bath, change and out, me.

Not a care in t' world.

You see, when you've been married once and you marry a wrong 'un... it makes you a bit apprehensive to-towards gettin' 

[ Woman ] Oh, yeah. WeIl, you know, don't ya?

'Cause he were never good.

But it makes you a bit more wary about gettin' married again. lf she wants to go with a different bIoke, it's not up to me to tell her what to do.

She's oId enough to know her own mind, in't she?

Well, yeah, I mean  [ Man ] No hurry to settle down.

[ Mother ] You can never teIl, really. l sit and wonder sometimes what he will do.

Perhaps if he had have been brought up in a different environment... and had a better education... he would have made more than what he has.

At the moment, he's just, uh  h-h-he's hopeIess.

He's a hopeless case, in't he? j& Oh, won't you please come back j& j& Oh, won't you pIease come back j&

l'm happy as I am. l doubt if l could be any happier, you know. j&j& [ Ends ] My lads have got nowt. l don't know what they're gonna do. l mean, l don't know whether our Jud really wanted to be a miner, do l?

From my point of view, Reg, when a woman gets to my age... you've two kids, you want to be settlin' down wi' a nice house... and somebody to  to come home to ya and be lookin' after 'em.

Like I look after you. WeIl, ar.

But you're not married to me, are ya?

Never mind. Give us a kiss. Don't be so damned daft!

Give us a kiss. Come on. He's had too much ale again.

I haven't. l haven't. Yes, you have.

Say, Mom, have you brought that cripple wi' ya?

Keep it shut. Keep it shut. He's had a couple of drinks.

[ Jud Shouts, Indistinct ] Keep it shut, all right?

Say, did everybody hear about him when he got married?

He got confetti on elastic. That's how tightfisted he is.

[ Laughing ] [ Mother ] Leave him be, the cluck.

If he wants trouble, l'll give him trouble. j& Oh, aIong the road there Iives a guy j& j& l'd like you aIl to know j& j& He grew a great big marrow for the little flower show j& j& He showed it to a lady j& j& Who lived just along the way j& j& And when she saw the size of it j& j& He heard the Iady say j& j&j& [ Crowd Singing Along ]

Ooh! j& What a beauty j& j& Oh, l've never seen one as big as that before j&


What a whopper! j& lt must be 1 8 inches long or more j& j& lt's such a loveIy color j& j& lt's nice and round and fat j& j& Whoever thought a marrow j& j& Could grow as big as that j&

[ Laughing ] Ooh!

j& Oh, what a beauty j& [ Laughs ] j& l've never seen one as big as it before j&j&

[ Lock Clicking ]

Bleedin' lock.

[ Jud Coughs ]

BilIy, are tha asleep?

[ Sighs ]

[ Mutters ] Cussed trousers.

The bIeeding things.

Now! BilIy!

Give over. Billy!

HeIp me get these bleeding trousers off.

[ Billy Mutters ]

Come on! Don't be all bIeeding night.

[ BiIly ] l'm fed up with this bloody game.

[ Jud Grunts ] It's every Saturday night alike.

Don't help, will tha?

Get back to sleep, you...

[ ExhaIes ] pig.

[ Grunts ] Hog. Sow.

Ya drunken bastard.

Tha don't like bein' caIled a bastard, does tha? Ya bastard!

[ Heavy lnhaling, Exhaling ] Ya pig.


Hog. Sow.

Drunken... bastard.

Bastard. Bastard.

Drunken pig.

Pig. [ Groaning ]

Billy! [ Continues Groaning ]

BilIy! BilIy!

[ Tweeting ]

[ BilIy's Voice ] Three good meaIs a day l'll give him for about a fortnight. lf a piece of meat held between the finger and thumb of the gloved hand... is offered to the hawk... it will probably bend down and pull at the meat with its beak.

[ CIicking Tongue ]

[ CIicking Tongue ]

[ Whispers ] Come on. Come on.

Come on. [ CIicking Tongue ]

[ Billy's Voice ] As soon as the hawk wiIl come a leash Iength indoors... she may be tried off a fence or gatepost out of doors.

It is quite IikeIy that aIthough she was coming to the first  fist promptly indoors... she will now refuse to come at all.

She will stand looking fearfully around her... and ignoring the meat and the fist thrust in front of her.

When she will come a leash length out of doors... she can be caIled greater distances by means of creance... a long cord which is attached to the hawk to prevent her escaping.

With luck, she wiIl not attempt to fly away.

Come on then.

Kes! [ CIicking Tongue ]

Come on, Iass. [ CIicking Tongue ]

Come on, Kes! [ CIicking Tongue ]

Come on, Kes!

Come on then. [ CIicking Tongue ]

Come on, Kes.

[ Shouting, Chattering ]

Come on, get ready! What are you playing at?

Get ready now, you.

Skiving again, Guthrie?

No, sir. Mr. Farthing, sir, has been taIking to me. l'll bet that was stimulating for him, wasn't it, Iad?

What does that mean, sir? The conversation, lad.

What do you think it means?

Does it mean "stimulate," sir? [ Boys Laughing ]

Stimulating, you fool!

"S-T-l-M-I-L-A-T-l-N-G." Stimulating.

[ Boys Chattering, Quieter ]

Come on, lad, get ready. You're two weeks late already.

You three, get down before l come and put ya down.

Casper, what do you think you're doing? Get down there! Why aren't you changed? l've no kit, sir.

Casper, you make me sick.

Every lesson it's the same old story  "PIease, sir, l've no kit, sir."

Every lesson for the past four years... you've begged and borrowed and skived and scrounged.

Why is it, Casper, when aIl this lot can provide kit, you can't?

Don't know, sir. Me mum says it's a waste of money, especially now I'm leavin'.

You been leaving for the past four years, haven't you, lad?

No, sir.

You can buy some with your spending money, can't you?

Don't like footbalI, sir. What's that got to do with it, Casper?

Don't know. Anyway, I don't get enough.

Get a job then, lad. Get a job. l've got one, sir. They pay you, don't they, Casper?

Yeah, but l have to give it to me mum. l'm payin' me fines, installments every week.

You should keep out of trouble, lad!

Keep out of trouble. l ain't been in troubIe, sir, not since last time. l'll get you some kit, Casper. I'Il get you some kit.

Tha's had it now, Casper, lad! [ Billy ] Aw, shut thee mouth!

Right, Casper. Get into those.

[ Boys Laughing ]

They'll not fit me, sir! You can get into them, can't you?

Yes, sir. Right. l figured that.

They'lI keep your cobbIers warm, Casper.

[ Laughing Continues ]

[ Coach ] Don't forget to take your vest and underpants off.

Don't wear 'em, sir. [ Coach ] Typical.

[ Boy ] Casper, tuck 'em in! Thee privates showin'!

[ Gasping, Laughing ]

[ Boy ] The muscleman o' t' year! j&j& [ Humming ]

[ Boy ] He's just come back from Biafra.

[ Coach ] Pull them up, Casper! PuIl them up!

Like that, sir? [ Boys Chuckling ]

[ Coach ] Roll them down, Casper!

You're too daft to laugh at.

Right. They'll do there.

You lot, come on, get changed.

Wasted enough time already. l'll give you a sample of my footbaIling skilIs.

[ Boys Gasping, Laughing ]

A rare delight.

[ Chattering, Shouting ]

[ Coach ] Watch yourself, Casper!

l won't tell you again, Crossland!

Come on, move.

Off that goaI post!

Off that goal post! l'll be up there in a minute!

Come here, Tibbutt.

We'lI pick two teams. You're the captain.

Right, line up on the halfway line, quickIy. l'll have first pick. Paget. That's not fair, sir. You'Il get all t' best players.

Do you wanna play footbalI, or do you wanna do some maths?

FootbalI, sir. Paget then. Come here.

Speed. Walker.

Clark. Crossland.

Guthrie. Rowe.

Uh... Clegg. Norton.

[ Billy ] Bloody hell, l'm frozen already.

Joyce. Birkinshaw.

Ryder. Parker.

Norton. [ Boy ] Come on, Parker.

[ Boys Laughing ] [ Coach ] Casper, I've got to have ya.

Come on. Don't act. Come on. Put 'em round your waist.

[ Coach ] Now.

[ Boys Murmuring ]

Right, we'lI play with the wind, downhilI, this way.

Paget, you're inside right. Come on. We'll be out here all day.

Who are you today, sir? LiverpooI?

Don't be slack. Don't you know your club colors?

Manchester United strip this.

Are you playing Denis Law again today, sir, or Striker?

No. Charlton today, lad. All over the field. Too cold for Striker.

Course, uh, CharIton's not as quick on t' turn as Law, is he?

You tryin' to tell me about football? No. l'm just telling you that  You trying to teIl me? No, sir.

Anyway, Denis Law's in the wash this week. [ Boy ChuckIes ]

Nobody's in goaI, sir. No goalie, sir.

No goal, sir. Who's in the goaIs?

Casper. Casper, sir.

Casper, what position are you supposed to be playing?

[ Billy ] Don't know, sir. Inside left? [ Boys Laughing ]

How can you be inside Ieft back there, idiot? ln the goaIs. l can't goal, sir! l don't! Now's your chance to learn. ln the goaIs!

[ Boy ] Get out. Quick about it.

[ Boy ] Go on!

Tibbutt, we're Manchester United. Who are you?

Uh, we'll be Spurs, sir. Then there's no clash of colors.

Right, then, it's Manchester United versus Spurs... in this important fifth-round cup tie here at Old Trafford.

And it's the fair-haired, slightly balding CharIton to kick off.

[ Whistle BIows ]

[ Boys Chattering, Laughing ]

Come on, Speed.

What you playin' at, lad? You kicked it miles away!

You should be on the move, lad! lt was at your feet!

Cross it, Ryder. QuickIy! Come on!

Where's the rest of my team? [ Shouting, Chattering ]

[ Cheering, Shouting ]

[ Coach ] Come on, quickly, Casper. l've never seen such sIack work in my life. l've never seen such slack work in my 

What's that for, sir? SIack work, lad. Slack work.

Hit that ball up the field, Parker.

Look at this lot. l have to keep this shirt on and alI after.

[ Coach ] Cross the ball!

And Charlton goes through, and  Oh, never! Never! Come on!

[ Coach Shouting, lndistinct ]

[ Whistle BIows ] Penalty!

Never. Who do you think you are? Bremner?

You tripped on your own feet, sir! [ Boys Protesting ]

Penalty. No, it weren't, sir!

Outside that semicircle.

[ Boys Shouting, Chattering ]

Shall l take it, sir? I take the penalties on this team.

No one moves till this baIl's kicked.

[ Boy ] Watch everything, sir.

Just watch this, Guthrie.

Right, Clegg?

[ Shouting, Protesting ] You moved. You moved.

Put it back. [ Boys Protesting ]

Penalty! [ Protesting Continues ]

Behind the 1 8-yard line.

[ Boy ] Save it, Cleggy.

Sir, why don't you let Paget kick it? Tha better save it, Cleggy! Else l'lI drop tha.

[ Boy ] You got everything! Why don't you let Paget kick it, sir?

He moved! I didn't move, sir.

The referee's decision is final.

[ Chattering, lndistinct ]

[ Boy ] Let's do it this time, sir.

Oh! [ Cheering, Shouting ]

You should have done it the first time.

And that, boys, is how to take a penaIty.

Look one way and kick the other.

All right, come on, Tibbutt, lad.

And Bobby Charlton has equaIized for Manchester United... and the score is one goaI each.

Aah! Get some leg dope!

Did you see that? That fat twat!

He wants bleedin' milkin'.

That big, fat git!

[ Coach ] What did you say?

What did you say? Nowt, sir.

Right! Get off! ln that changin' room! Get off!

I didn't say nowt, sir. Off! l won't tolerate that on a football pitch. lt's not fair, sir. That's our captain, sir.

I don't care who he is. You play this game like gentlemen.

Can't play without a captain! [ Boys Protesting ]

Right inside!

He's our captain, sir!

An earIy bath for you, lad.

[ Chattering, lndistinct ] l'll bounce the ball up.

It's not fair, sir! They never get sent off! l shall be up there in a minute!

They never get sent off, sir!

Off! Right off!

[ Boys Shouting, Chattering ]

[ Coach ] Come on, Paget! Me! Me! Me! l got left with the football! What do you think you're doing?

[ ChuckIes ] Don't know.

What do you mean?

Practicing, sir.

Huh? Show me what you're doing.

[ Boys Laughing, Jeering ]

Our ball! Our ball! Our ball!

Our ball! Our ball!

Clegg! Clegg!

Come on, Clegg!

Ball! Go on, boy!

[ Whistle BIows ]

Casper! [ Boys Laughing, Chattering ]


What do you think you are, lad? An ape?

All he needs now is a banana. Get down. l'll make you red-hot in a minute!

[ Jeering, Applauding ]

Thank you.

Now, for my next trick 

[ Coach ] l'll show you a trick! Get back in that goal! The rest of you, up field!

[ Groans ] Bloody  What's up? That ball is  That ball, it's hard as iron. I know. lt's like a stone, in't it?

I'm bloody freezing. My feet are like blocks of ice.

Me knees, Iook at 'em. They're goin' pale.

Look at t' coIor. It's gone white.

[ Whistle Blows ] Oh, l wish I'd brought a note.

[ Shouting, lndistinct ]

Come on, Danny!

Goal! It's in!

[ Cheering, Jeering ]

Great goal that, sir. l'll give you a "great goal," lad.

Spurs into the sixth round of t' cup!

Sixth round? l'll give you six in the back in a minute! On your way!

Lost again, sir? Fetch my tracksuit.

Better Iuck next time.


[ Chattering ]

In a hurry, Casper? Yes, sir. l have to get home, sir.

Really? Yes, sir.

Forgotten something? No, sir.

Are you sure? Yes, sir.

What about the showers? I've had one, sir.

You can ask any of 'em, sir. l'lI just do that.

Have you seen him have a shower? No, sir.

Have you? No, sir. l didn't, sir.

Have you? No, sir.

Have you seen him have a shower?

Who, sir? Casper.

When, sir? Just now.

Has he had a shower? Had a shower, sir?

Has Casper had a shower? What you fooIing about at, lad?

Has Casper had a shower? l don't think so, sir.

Speed, you fooI about any more, you'Il get what Casper just had.

No one's seen you have a shower, Casper, because you haven't had one.

Me mum says I ain't to have a shower, sir. Come here, Iad. What's your mother say? l ain't to have a shower, sir. l've got a cold.

Where's your note then? Let me see your note. Can l bring it this afternoon, sir?

That's no good, lad. l want one now.

Any boy wishing to be excused physical education or showers... must, at the time of the lesson... produce a sealed letter of explanation signed by one of his parents or his legaI guardian.

Go on, sir, Iet me go home. You can go, lad.

Hey, come here. When you've had a shower. l haven't a toweI, sir.

Borrow one. Nobody'lI lend me one.

Have a drip-dry then. Shower. Come on.

Come here, MacDowell. Sir?

Come here, lad.

Come here.

What's this? Our dog did it, sir.

[ Boys Chuckling ]

Your dog did it? - Aye. lt bit me, sir. l fought with it on the rug last night.

A dog wearing nylons, Iads. [ Boys Laugh ]

[ Gasping ]

Bloody hell.

Still in a hurry, Casper? Can l go now, sir?

You're not going anywhere till you've had a proper wash. l've had one, sir. In the shower, lad. l've been, sir! ln the shower, lad.

I've got to get home! In the shower.

Ryder, Speed, come here.

Me, sir? Yes, you two. Come on.

Want you two to stay here and see that he doesn't come out.

Do what, sir? Stay there and see that he doesn't come out.

Aah! Sir! lt's gone cold!

[ Coach ] Got a sweat on, Casper? l thought you might need a cooIer after your exertions in goal. lt's not right, sir. l'll catch me death of cold in here. lt's not right.

Was it right when you let that goaI in deliberateIy?

Can't we go for us dinners? No, you can't. You can stay there.

We're servers. l don't care.

They can serve themseIves for once.

You shouldn't put me in goaI, sir. You know I'm useless.

[ Coach ] Now's your chance to Iearn.

[ Ryder ] ShalI we let him out, sir? He'll catch his death of cold in here.

He'll catch pneumonia.

[ Coach ] l don't care what he gets. lf he thinks l'm running my blood to water for 90 minutes... for him to deliberateIy throw the game away, he's got another think coming.

[ Ryder ] Sir, we're going to miss our dinner.

[ Boy ] Come on, sir! We've got to go for our dinner.

[ Chattering, lndistinct ]

[ Shouting ] Look at him!

[ Laughing, Jeering ]

[ Coach ] Get down! [ Boy ] He looks like a bleedin' snake!

[ Coach ] Think yourself lucky.

[ Boy Chattering, lndistinct ] [ Boys Shouting, Jeering ]

Too far is too far. Hey up, oId 'un! How it goin'?

Rough, man. rough. Why? l'd be on top of the world on a day like today.

Another 1 0 minutes l'll be at bottom on it.

[ Chattering, lndistinct ]

[ Man ] Eh?

Oh, you have it.

[ Chattering Continues ]

[ Man ] LoveIy day.

[ Children Singing ] j& The trivial round, the common task j& j& Would furnish all we ought to ask j& j& Room to deny ourselves a road j& j& To bring us daily j& j& Nearer God j& j& Only, O Lord, in thy dear love j& j& Fit us for perfect rest above j& j& And help us this and every day j& j& To live more nearly as we pray j& j& Amen j&j&

This morning's reading is taken from Matthew, Chapter 1 8, verses 1 0-1 4.

"Never despise one of these littIe ones, l tell you.

They have their guardian angeIs in heaven... who Iook continuaIly on the face of my heavenIy father.

Suppose a man has a hundred sheep. lf one of them strays, does he not Ieave the other 99 on the hiIlside... and go in search of the one that strayed?

And if he should find it, l telI you this:

He is more delighted over that sheep than over the 99 that never strayed. ln the same way, it is not your heavenly father's will... that one of these little ones shouId be lost."

Here ends this morning's reading.

[ Coughing ]

[ Headmaster ] Stop! Stop that infernal coughing!

Every morning alike!

CIear your throats on the way to school, not here.

Sounds more like a dirt track than an assembly hall.

[ Coughs ]

[ Headmaster ] Come out! Come out, that boy!

Who coughed?

Mr. Hesketh, somewhere near you, l think.

Fetch that boy out!

MacDoweIl! It was you. You were coughing. lt weren't! Yes, it was. I heard you. lt weren't, sir. Come on, don't argue. We know. lt weren't me. Honest! Come on. Headmaster's study. Come on.

[ Headmaster ] MacDowelI! l might have known it! Get to my office!

It weren't me, sir. And heaven heIp you!

We wilI now say the Lord's Prayer.

Hands together, eyes closed.

Our Father 

[ With ChiIdren ] Our Father... which art in heaven... hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done  [ Fades ]

Does he bite then? Fierce. Had a little kid's hand off nearIy.

Had he? My, my, my!

What's he fastened on then, wire?

Aye. lt's broke this off and all. Oh, dear.

Just darted at the kid and got him. WeIl, I don't know. ls that what you've got the gIove on for?

Yeah. Just in case he gets me. Aye. Aye. [ Laughs ]

What do you call it? Kes.

Kes? Aye.

He is a nice bird.

[ Laughs ] l shouldn't like to handIe him.

Casper! Casper! Up, lad! On your feet!

You were asleep, weren't you, Casper? l don't know, sir. I know! You were! You were asleep!

Why were you asleep, you irreverent scoundrel? l don't know, sir. l know why!

You're roaming the streets at night instead of being home in bed.

See me in my office afterwards! l'll give you something to think about!


Here are the announcements.

A reminder that the youth empIoyment officer...

[ No Audible Dialogue ] wiIl be here this afternoon to meet the Easter Ieavers.

Your parents should have been told.

But if any boy has forgotten... or thinks that his parents may wish to attend his interview... then he can consult the list on the main notice board for the approximate times.

And finally, for three members of the smokers' union... caught yesterday behind the games storeroom... there will be a meeting with me after assembIy... when l will be pleased to see and hear them pay their dues.

He'd better not stick me on it. l'm fetchin' me father up if he does.

What the good of bringing thee father down here? He don't do nowt when he comes.

What's thou mean? Last time he came, he got stick and all.

Shut up with all that. l'm sick of hearin' thee.

When he came down, they were all laughin' at him.

They were what? Yeah. Weren't they?

Don't say nowt about my father, right?

He's not gonna stick me anyhow.

What does thou want? l've got a message for Mr. Gryce from Mrs. Spooner.

Thou'd better queue then, ain't thou? Yeah.

It's his favorite trick. He Ioves to keep you waiting.

Thinks it makes it worse.

Yeah. He can keep me till 4:00. I'm not bothered. l'd rather have the stick than do the lessons.

Come here, thee.

Save us these till after we come out of Gryce's. l can't. He'll think l have smoked as well.

He'Il not search thee, but he'Il search us. And if he finds them on us, we'Il get two extra. l don't want 'em. Does thou want some fist instead?

Are tha gonna take them?

Tha'd better, lad, or thou'll say thee prayers.

Okay. But if l get caned, you'll give me summat.

[ Scoffs ] Some fist if tha don't. ln the pocket.

Hey up, he's here  Gryce Pudding.

Single file.

Right. You lost, lad?

Please, sir, l'm going  On your way! Homeroom.

You lot, inside.

Same oId faces.

Ten years this school's been opened... and 1 0 years have we seen after every assembly... a Iine of boys here, and the same old faces.

Sir, l've got a message  Shut up, lad. Don't interrupt.

Now cIose the door.

l've taught in this city for over 30 years. l taught some of your parents  your father, MacDowell  in the old slum schools in the city... before they built this fine estate... and this wonderfuI school.

Things are no better now than they were then. l just can't understand this generation. l thought l knew something about young people. l should be able to, you know? With my experience.

But with you? No. lt just seems a complete waste of money and a waste of time.

And it's a waste of time taIking to you now.

Why, you're not even listening, are you, MacDowell?

Yes, sir. No, you're not!

Crossland, you're not listening, are you? l am, sir.

No, you're not. None of you are listening! Look at that glazed expression on your faces.

You never listen! Yours is the generation that never Iistens.

Because we can never telI you anything.

You're the sophisticated ones... with all your music and your gear.

But, you know, it's superficial. lt's a sheen.

There's nothing soIid or worthwhile underneath.

Why do l know this?

Why do l know there's been no advance... in discipline or decency or morals or manners?

Why do l know it?

Because l still have to use this to you boys every day.

Why? ln the '20s and '30s, I could understand it.

They were hard times.

But they produced qualities in people that you lot will never have. l can be stopped in the street by someone l taught then... and we'll talk about the old days... and we'll laugh about the thrashings that I gave him.

But what do I get from you lot?

A honk... from a greasy, pimply-faced youth... sitting at the wheeI of a big secondhand car. l don't know. l just don't know.

No guts. No backbone.

Nothing to commend you whatsoever.

Mere fodder for the mass media.

And so, until someone produces a better solution... l'll continue to use this cane... knowing fuIly well that you'Il be back for it time and time and time again.

You smokers wilI go out of here with your hands ringing.

But wilI it stop you smoking?

You're already looking forward to smoking at break.

You, lad! What are you grinning about? l'm not grinning, sir.

You are! l'll bet you're already thinking about smoking at break.

Empty your pockets.

They're loaded with cigarettes. Come on, alI of you! Empty your pockets.

Please, sir  Quiet, lad! Empty your pockets!

Sir, you don't understand  Empty your pockets, lad.


Please, sir  You again? You again?

Yes, sir. Empty your pockets.

But, sir, l've brought a message from Mrs. Spooner.

Empty your pockets!

[ Patting ] l don't believe it. l don't believe this.

Empty your pockets, lad.

Empty your pockets when you're told!

Come on, lad!


A reguIar little cigarette factory, aren't you?

Yes, sir.

Put that rubbish away!

[ Gryce ] Now, l hope it's going to be a Iesson to you. l don't suppose for one minute it will be. l don't doubt before the end of the week you'll be back in here again... for exactIy the same crime  smoking.

Perhaps once in a while, it might sink in.

Yes, sir.

That you're wasting your money.

That it's your money that you're burning... and it's your hands that get caned when you come in here.

Good morning. Entry of the gIadiators. Where have you been?

Been to see Mr. Gryce, sir. Give you the stick?

Hmm. Sir.

How many did you get? Two.

Did it hurt? [ Both ] Not bad.

Oh. Hope it didn't. Go and sit down.

Right. Now, fact.

Anne, tell me what a fact is.

Don't give me a fact.

You know, don't say that Guthrie's got a tatty head or anything like that.

[ Scattered Laughter ]

[ Anne ] A fact is something what you find evidence of, Iike the truth.

Something that you know has actuaIly happened.

This is a fact. All right? Have you got that cIear?

[ Students ] Yes, sir. Good.

Tibbutt, sit up straight.

And l want the rest of you to Iook at him, if you can bear it... and tell me some facts about Tibbutt.


He's always tryin' to go with lasses at night.

Is he? Guthrie? [ Laughter ]

He smokes.

Do l heck! Thou does.

Get knotted, Guthrie! [ Farthing ] AlI right, all right. l'm not interested in what he does out of school hours... as long as he doesn't come into the class smoking a fag.

All right?

Come on, you peopIe who aren't thinking. [ Both Whispering, lndistinct ]

Right, Julie.

I want you to think of an incident that's happened to you sometime in the past... that is true and that you think will interest the rest of the class.

All right? Well, uh... l went to this all-night party yesterday.

And, uh  [ Clattering ]

About 3:00, we went  we were dancin' in the garden.

[ Laughter ] Me and her and aIl the rest.

Can't mention names. And, uh... this woman comes across from t' road... and, uh, she tells us to-to make Iess noise... or else she'd fetch police.

So, well  So we said, Iet her fetch 'em if she wanted.

So, she fetched 'em. [ Laughter ]

Things that have actually happened. How about another one?

What about you, Casper?


What, sir?

"What, sir?" You'd know if you'd been listening.

What have we just been talking about?

Stories, sir.

What kind of stories?

You haven't been Iistening to a word I've said, have you?

Yes, sir. Some of it. "Some of it"?

Stand up!

Right. Now you're gonna telI us a story about yourself. l don't know any, sir. You don't know any?

Well, you stand there tilI you do.

Always somebody, isn't there, eh?

Somebody who wants to be awkward.

Just won't be interested. lt doesn't matter what you do.

Just like you, Casper.

Come on. l'lI give you two minutes  two minutes to think of something... or the whole cIass comes back at 4:00.

Come on, Casper. Don't stand there like a nail.

[ Guthrie ] He is a nail.

Come on. l say... telI 'em.

[ Boy ] TelI him about the hawk, Casper. lf anybody else calls out, it'lI be the last call they make.


He's got this hawk, sir, and he goes mad over it.

He never knocks about with anybody eIse. He just goes with t' hawk alI the time.

He's crackers over it. Better than thee, any road.

[ Farthing ] All right, Casper.

Sit down.

Now, come on, come on. Tell us about this hawk.

Where'd you get it from?

I found it, sir. Where? ln the woods.

And where do you keep it? ln the shed.

What do you feed it on?

Beef. Mice. Birds.

But isn't it crueI to keep it in the shed? l mean, wouldn't it be happier flying free? l don't keep it in the shed all the time, sir. l fIy it every day.

Doesn't it fly away? l thought they were wiId birds.

Of course it don't fly away, sir. l've trained it.

[ Farthing ] Aren't you gonna tell us about it? How have you trained your hawk?

[ BilIy ] You have to be right careful with them, sir. Right patient.

You've got to feed them when they're hungry, see?

And you can only do owt when they're at feeding time Iike, sir.


They've got these jesses on, sir, all the time.

These what?

Jesses, sir.

How do you spell that? J-E  All right, come out here. Come on.

You'd better show us on the board, hmm?

"Jesses"? This is a new word to me.

Hands up, those who've heard of jesses before.

Nobody. Go on. Write it up there.

Right. Now tell us what it is.

Well, they're like leather straps, sir, and they're attached to birds' feet.

And say I've got the bird on me hand.

The straps go down there, then there's swivel.

"Swivel." Write that on the board.

[ Billy ] Then you've got your Ieash.

[ Farthing ] "Leash." On the board.

[ BilIy ] l fed it on me hand first.

Then when it got to know me, I fed it on me glove.

And after a while, l put it two inches away from its cIaws.

And, uh  Like that, right? lt started to jump for the meat.

When it started to jump, l could move me hand away.

[ Farthing ] HoId your hand up so we can see.

I could move me hand away, Iike to four inches and six inches.

And when it were doin' that, l started doing it with t' Ieash.

Do they need water, like?

You know, when you've got a budgie, and you put water in the budgie's cage.

Do they need water like that?

[ BiIly ] Well, it, like, has a bath. lt has a bath right early on in the morning, like.

When do you feed it? How many times a day?

To start off with, three or four times, you know, to get it pIump.

You make it alI sound very exciting, BilIy. lt is, sir. But most exciting thing  when l fIew her free first time, sir.

Do you want to hear about that? Yes, sir.

Aye. Come on.

Well, l'd been using creance for about a week... and it had been going 30, 40 yards.

And it says when birds are going 30, 40 yards, it says in t' book... it's time that it can start to fly free.

Well, l'd been  you know, I'd been wanting to fly it free, but I daren't.

You know, I were frightened it'd fly off or something like that.

This had been going on for four or five days.

And l keep on to meself, sayin' that... fly it free next day.

Anyway, l got right mad with meself... and says, "Right, l'm fIying it free tomorrow."

Anyway, that night  that Friday night, it were  l didn't feed her up, so that she'd be sharp set next morning.

And l went to bed that night  Friday night  and l didn't get an hour's sIeep at all.

I were frightened about the bird, that she'd fly off or summat like that.

Anyway, when the morning came, I kept on saying to meseIf...

"WeIl, if she flies off, she flies off, and it can't be helped."

So, I took swiveI off and Iet her hop onto t' post.

There were nowt stopping her now. She could fly off.

All were on her were her jesses. l thought, she must fIy off. She's forced to fly off.

But she didn't. She just stood there. l were terrified.

Well, anyway, she was stood there, and l walked off into t' field... and she were looking round all over the place.

And when l got in about 70 yards from where  in the middle of t' field... l calIed her.

"Kes! Kes! Come, Kes! Come on then!"

Nowt happened, so l thought, welI, l'd better walk back and pick her up.

So, while l were walking back, l saw her flying.

She came like a bomb.

About a yard off the floor, like lightning, head stiIl, and you couldn't hear t' wings.

There weren't a sound from the wings  and straight onto the gIove  Wham!

And she grabbed me for t' meat.

Anyway, I were pleased with meself, and l didn't know what to do.

So l thought, "WelI, l better do it again just to prove it weren't luck."

So, l took her back onto t' post... and waIked back up into t' middle of t' fieId and caIled her again.

And she came just as good as first time... straight onto t' glove and grabbed me for t' meat.

Well, that were it, sir. l'd trained her, sir, and that were aIl I could do.

[ Farthing ] l think you've done enough, don't you?

Well done, BilIy. Big hand of appIause. [ AppIause ]

[ Students Chattering ]

[ Chattering Continues ]

[ MacDowelI ] Have you got owt, Casper? Nay.

Thou never has, has thou? Thou just cadges, all the time.

Casper the Cadger. That's what they ought to call thee. l wouIdn't give thee owt if l had, MacDoweIl. l'll give thee summat in a minute. What's thou going for?

Don't tha like company? They say thee mother does.

Tha's got more uncles in this city than any other kid.

Shut thee mouth! Come here and make me.

Tha wouldn't say that to our Jud. He'd murder thee.

Your Jud's nowt.

What? He's cock of t' estate, that's aIl.

I bet I know somebody who couId do him. Who? Thee father?

He ain't even thee brother.

What is he then, me sister?

They don't even call him Casper, for a start.

Of course he's me brother! We live in t' same house, don't we?

[ Boy ] Go on, get him! [ Cheering, Shouting ]

[ Cheering Continues ]

[ All Shouting, Cheering ]

Up, up, up!

Right, you lot! Ten seconds! Out of my sight!

One! Two! Three! [ Students Shouting ]

[ Scattered Jeering ]

[ Farthing ] Off with you! Hop it!

Right, come here, you two. Come on.

What's goin' on? It was him, sir. He started it.

He's been chucking coke. Ah, shut up! Shut up!

It's always the same tale, isn't it? Somebody else's fault, nobody's to blame.

Look at the mess you're in! Look at the state you've made!

Don't look so sorry for yourself, Casper. You're not dead yet.

He will be when l've had him. Oh, yes!

You're a big lad, aren't you? He's just about your size, Casper, isn't he?


Why don't you pick on somebody your own size?

What if I rubbed your nose in the coke? What would you say about that?

You'd say l was a buIly, wouldn't you? And you'd be right.

'Cause l'm bigger and l'm stronger than you, aren't l?

Eh? I'Il fetch me dad.

Oh, yes, you'll fetch your dad. And l'll fetch mine.

My dad's heavyweight champion of the world, my dad is.

So what would your dad do then, eh?

That's what it's like to be buIlied.

You don't like it, do you?

You'll like it a bit less if l ever catch you at it again.

Do you understand, MacDowell? Do you understand it?

Yes, sir.

Get it shoveled up. And wait a minute.

Have you been smoking? No, sir.

You have, haven't you? l can smell it on your breath!

No, sir.

See me afterwards. Get it done. Go on.

[ ShoveI Clatters ]

[ Shoveling ]

Now, what's it all about?

He keeps calIing me names, sir, and saying things about me dad and me mum... and our Jud, and everybody were laughing.

All right, all right, all right. Calm down.

They always seem to pick on you, don't they, Casper? Why is it?

Don't know, sir. Is it because you're a bad 'un?

Maybe l am sometimes, but I'm not that bad, sir. l know stacks of other kids that's worse than me, but they seem to get away with it.

[ Farthing ] Hmm.

Why else do you think? Eh? There must be some reason, mustn't there?

Well, take this morning, sir. l just came in, sir, and just dozed off. l wasn't doin' nowt wrong, sir. I'd been up since 6:00. l had to do t' papers, then l had to rush home to have a look at t' bird, then run to school. l mean to say, you'd be tired, wouldn't you, sir?

I'd be exhausted. And that's not  You shouIdn't be caned for that, shouId you, sir?

And you can't tell Mr. Gryce that.

And this little lad, sir  He'd only brought a letter from one of the teachers... and he got caned. lt's nowt to laugh at, sir. Afterwards, he was sick as a dog.

[ Farthing ] Was he?

And teachers, sir. They're not bothered about us, sir. lf we're 4C, they think we're numbskulIs owt like that, sir.

And when they have time, they're always looking at their watches... to see how long there is left of the lesson.

They're not bothered about us, and we're not bothered about them.

[ Whistle BIows ]

How are things at home these days?

All right, sir. UsuaI, l suppose.

What about the police? You been in trouble with them recentIy?

No, sir. Not since l've been without MacDowell's gang, sir.

You know, they used to go into t' city... and go into coffee bars and cinemas... but since l've been without them, l've been aIl right.

Mmm. That's alI right now, isn't it?

Yes, sir, but whenever there's trouble on t' estate... aIways poIice come to our house.

Well, l shouIdn't worry.

Give it a couple of weeks, you'lI be starting your new job, getting new friends.

Lookin' forward to that, are you?

Eh? Have you got a job?

No, sir. l've got to see employment bIoke this after.

What sort of job do you want? I'm not bothered, sir. Anything will do me.

But you want something you're looking forward to, that you're interested in, don't you? l've not much choice, sir. l have to take what l've got. l thought you wanted to leave school. l'm not bothered. I thought you didn't Iike school. l don't, but that don't mean to say l'll like work, does it?

Still, l'll get paid for not liking it. That's one thing. l suppose it is. l might be able to save up and buy a goshawk then, sir.

I've been reading about them. Have you?

When do you fIy this hawk of yours? Dinnertimes.

Where? Just outside our house, sir.

Wood Lane, is that? Yeah, it is, sir. l'll come round then, if it's okay.

[ Mutters ]

Go on then. Get yourself cleaned up.

[ Gunshot ]

"Five bob double. Crackpot.

TelI Him He's Dead. Jud."

Bloody hellfire!


Come on then!


Come on then, Kes.

Come on, Kes.

Come on, Kes. Come on.


[ Clicks Tongue ] Bloody hellfire!

Hope l'm not too late. No, sir, but you'lI have to stand over there. l'll go by the fence, eh? lt's all right.

As Iong as you keep quiet. l'll not say a word.

Come on, Kes!

Come on, Kes!


Come on, Kes!

Come on, Kes!


Well done, Casper. The most exciting thing l've ever seen in me life.


ThrilI of a lifetime, lad.

Thank you, sir.

Let's have a look at it. lsn't it beautifully marked, eh?

Look at the feathers on it.

Oh, it's not gonna eat that, is it?

Yes, sir. This bird's full of vitamins.

Oh, dear.

Have any more birds before him?

Stacks. Animals and alI, sir. Had even a fox cub once.

Reared it and let it go. A little blinder. l've had magpies, jackdaws. Had a young jay once.

[ Farthing ] Mmm. [ Clicks Tongue ]

He's your favorite, though, isn't he?

[ BilIy ] Others weren't in t' same street.

Come on, then. Come, lass.

Come on, sir. Oh, dear me.

Watch that mattress, sir. lt's sIippery.


Look what's left, sir.

Only the sparrow's leg. lt must have been hungry. lt must have been starving.

You hang on here. l'll put him on t' perch.

[ Lock Clicking ]

[ CIicking Tongue ] Come on then.

[ BilIy ] Shh.

You know... there's something weird about it when it's flying.

No, sir. Hawks are the best fIiers there is.

No, l didn't mean that. l mean, when it's flying, there's something about it makes you feel strange. ls it 'cause everything goes quiet?

That's it, aye.

Other folks have noticed that and all, sir. l know a farmer who says it's the same with owls.

You know, when they get his mice in his yard at night.

When they swoop down, he feeIs Iike pokin' his ears to make 'em pop.


You know, of course it goes that quiet. lt's as if they're fIying in a pocket of siIence.

Have you noticed how quietly we're speaking?

As if we're frightened to raise our voices  a bit like shouting in church.

It's 'cause they're nervous, sir. Oh, no. lt's more than that. lt's instinctive. lt's a sort of respect. l know, sir. That's what makes me mad.

You know, when l take her for walks, somebody comes up to me and says...

"Look, it's Billy Casper and his pet hawk." l could shout at them, sir. lt in't a pet.

Or if somebody comes up to me and says, "ls it tame?" ls it heck tame!

Hawks can't be tamed.

They're manned. lt's wiId and it's fierce and it's not bothered about anybody.

Not bothered about me, right?

That what makes it great.

A Iot of people wouldn't understand that though. They like their pets to be fussed. l'm not bothered about that. l just want her for her looks, and to fly her.

They can keep their talking budgies. They're nowt compared with her.

[ Farthing ] You're right, BilIy. You're probabIy right.

[ BiIly ] Do you know something, sir?

I think she's doing me a favor, just Ietting me sit here and watch her.

[ Men Chattering ]

Well, what's he studying there?

[ Men Chattering ]

Can l help you, son?

No, thanks.

Hey, mister, can you teIl me the prices of these?

What are they?


Crackpot. 1 00-to-6.

TeIl Him He's Dead. Where is he? l've just been looking at this one meself.

TelI Him He's Dead.

Second favorite, 4-to-1 . 1 00-to-6 and 4-to-1 .

Would you have backed them?

TelI Him He's Dead's a good horse. Best horse in t' race. Top weight.

Don't fancy t' other one though.

No form. Hasn't even got a jockey on here.

No, l shouldn't bother with that one.

You don't think they'll win, then?

How's thou got them? Doubled? WeIl, they're not mine. They're our Jud's.

Oh, they'lI do all right if they do, but l can't see it meself.

Right, ta.

[ Chattering Continues ]

May l have a bob's worth of chips and a fish?

Serve him, will you, Mary?

Yes, love? What do you want? Fish and chips.

[ Kicking Counter ]

And stop kicking, will you? We only put that on today.

Got any scraps, missus?

[ Woman ] Yes, Iove. l'll put you some on.

Two shilling, Iove. l'm gettin' rid of these chips, FIoyd. lt's gettin' late now.

[ Floyd ] Aye, but don't be going mad.

[ Woman ] Sixpence change, Iove.

[ Floyd ] These kids  I don't know, Mr. Glover. They're just all the same.

Can I have a quarter of beef? Ah, them smell good.

Can l have a quarter of beef?

[ Children Shouting ln Distance ]

You still got that bird then?


You can have them for nowt.

For nowt? Aye, they're only scraps.

Have another chip?

No. l'm going for me dinner in a minute.

Right, then. Ta. See you. Ta-ta. See you.

[ ChaIk Continues CIacking ]

[ Teacher ] Usual difficulty over concentration?


Three five's 1 5, eh?

We write 1 5 one, five.

You write five, one.

[ Mouthing Words ] lsn't that that, uh, illustrious brother of yours, Casper?

[ BilIy ] Sir.

Shouldn't have thought he was the type to have paid a visit to his old school again.

What's the matter? Don't you feeI well?

No, sir.

You want to go out and get a drink of water or something?

No, sir.

WeIl, open the window. Perhaps it'll make you feeI better. l'm alI right, sir.

Please yourself.

[ Bell Ringing ]

Right. Now just pass your books forward, will you, to the front.

Front person on each row, bring them to my desk, wilI you?

[ No Audible Dialogue ]

[ Faint Chattering ]

What's the matter, Casper? Lost something?

Me, sir? No, sir. On your way then.

[ MacDowell ] What's up with thee, Jud?

[ Jud ] What's up with me is that Iittle bastard, our BilIy. l Ieft him with a bet for the horses, and he's kept the stinkin' money. l'lI kill the Iittle git when l get hoId of him.

[ MacDowelI ] ls that right? [ Jud ] l'lI murder him.

What do you think you're playing at, lad?

No, sir. l'm just going to the toiIet, sir. Hurry up then. Be quick!

[ Water Trickling ]

[ Door Bangs ]

[ Door Bangs ]

[ Clegg ] Hey! I'm on here!

Seen our BiIly? Aye. He's on here with me.

Trying to be funny? 'Cause l'll stick thee head down there, oId pal, and l'll flush it. l asked if tha'd seen him. l wouIdn't tell thee if l had.

Look, l'm warnin' you! Oww! j&j& [ Violin Plays Note ]

j&j& [ Violin Tuning ]

j&j& [ Phonograph: Classical ]

j&j& [ Ends ]

[ Sighs ]

[ Boys Chattering ]

[ Students Chattering ]

Hey, Tibbutt, have you seen our Jud?

What's thou been doing? They've been looking all over for thee.

Who has? Gryce Pudding!

What for? l ain't done nowt. Youth employment.

Tha shouId have gone for the interview Iast lesson.

Has tha seen our Jud? Yeah.

He wanted to know where thou was, that's aIl.

What did tha run away for when thee saw him?

Casper! Where the devil have you been?

Nowhere, sir.

Nowhere? Who are you, the lnvisible Man? l feIt sick, sir, so l went to the toiIets.

What happened? Did you drop down it?

I've had prefects looking aIl over the school for you.

Well, l went out then, sir, for a breath of fresh air.

And where are you going now? Employment office, sir.

For your interview? Well, get off then, lad!

And God help your future employer!

Come and sit over there.

[ Blowing lnto Hands ]

Sit up, Peter. l'm sat up.

Don't be like a dummy when you get in there.

Just tell him you're after a good job in an office, or something like that. l'm not working in an office.

What are you after then, a job on the bins?

Ma, can't you shut up?

Sit up. I'm sat up.

And straighten your tie.

Tha's nagging.

Somebody's got to nag.

Is it your mum? - Aye.

What job are thou after?

Owt wiIl do me.

It certainly won't. lt will.

It won't. Right. Thank you.

[ Man ] WilI you send the next one in?

[ Boy ] Pardon?

[ Man ] WilI you send the next one in now, pIease?

Right. Okay.

lsn't it your turn to go in? l suppose so.

Well, go on then.

[ Man ] Get out, lad! Knock and wait!

[ Knocks ]

[ Man ] Come in.

Well, come in, lad, if you're coming.

Sit down, Walker. l'm not Walker, sir.

Well, who are you, then? According to my list, it should be Gerald Walker next.

Oliver, Stenton, then Walker.

I'm Casper. Casper?

Oh, sit down, Casper. l shouId have seen you earlier, shouldn't l?

Well then, Casper, what kind of job had you got in mind?

Well? l don't know, sir. l haven't thought about it, like.

Well, you should be thinking about it.

You want to start off on the right foot, don't you?

[ Mutters ]

Right then. Well, wouId you Iike to work in an office?

Or would you prefer manual work?

What's manual work?

Oh, it means working with your hands, things Iike farming, engineering, pIumbing  things like that, as opposed to pen-pushing jobs.

You write in an office.

Have a job to read and write.



[ Pen Clatters ]

TelI me, Casper, have you ever thought about entering a trade as an apprentice?

You know, as an eIectrician or a bricklayer or something like that.

Of course, the money's not too good while you're serving your apprenticeship.

And if you do stick it out, you'Il always have a trade at your fingertips, won't you?


WeIl then, Casper, what do you think about it?

And as you've already said, you feel better working with your hands.

Perhaps this is your best bet.

Of course, you'd have to go to technicaI college... and study for various examinations.

But some lads do it.

Some do it for years, two or three nights a week... right from Ieaving school right up to the mid-20s... when they take their Higher National, or even degrees. l say, lad, are you Iistening to me?


You don't look as though you are. l've other lads to see before 4:00, you know.

Well, if nothing l've mentioned so far appeals to you... and if you can stand a hard day's work and you don't mind getting dirty... there are good opportunities in mining. l'm not going down pit.

Don't be put off by what you've heard. Conditions have improved tremendousIy. l won't be seen dead down pit.

What about hobbies? What hobbies have you got?

Do you like gardening or constructing Meccano sets or anything like that?

Don't you have any hobbies at all?

Can l go now?

What's wrong with you, lad? Sit down. Sit down. l haven't finished yet.

Well, l've met some lads in my time, but l've never met one like you, Casper.

HaIf the time you're like a cat on hot bricks... the other haIf you're not listening.

Here. Take this form. lt gives you alI the reIevant information about Ieaving school and starting work  things like pensions, superannuation, national insurance, wages and so on.

At the back, there's a detachable form.

When you want your cards, fill it in  Come back here, lad. I haven't finished yet.

When you want your cards, fill in that form, send it in to the office.

Have you got that? Yeah.

Don't forget. And listen, Casper  lf you do have any troubIe getting fixed up, do come in and see me, won't you?

Yes, sir. Send the next boy in.

[ Truck Engines Roaring ]







Jud! Mother!

I say, have you seen our Jud? l haven't, love. l'm sorry.

[ Panting ]

Have you seen our Jud? Of course l've seen your Jud.

Doesn't Iook as though you've seen him, else you wouldn't be all in one piece.

You've seen him then? Of course l've seen him.

He come in here playin' hell up. Goin' to pull t' counter down and everything.

What did you do then?

I had to fetch Eric Cluff to prove tha hadn't put bet on.

They won, then, did they? Both of 'em  1 00-to-6 and 4-to-1 .

He'd have won a tenner, l tell thee that. BIoody heIl.


Come on, Kes!

Come on, lass!



Come on, Kes!



Where is it? What's thou done with it?

Where've you been till this time? Your tea's going cold here. l said, where is it?

What's thou starin' at? Thee, you littIe pig!

Don't call me a little pig, or l'll bet you  Get back! Hey! Hey!

Jud, what's alI t' bloody pushin' and shovin'?

[ Billy ] Ask him. He knows.

Yes, and thou'd have known it if l'd have got hold of thee this afternoon.

Oh, get Iost! Knows what? What's going on?

What's up with him? What have you been doing to him? lf he'd have put that bet on the horses like he were told to this morning, there would've been none of this.

WeIl, he's put it on, hasn't he? Has he, bloody helI!

Well, l toId him to. l asked you not to forget before l went to work this morning.

He didn't forget. He spent t' money!

How do you know? Because he has.

What are you getting so damned upset for? Have they won or summat?

Have they won? l'd have 1 6 quid to draw if he'd have kept his thieving hands to hisself.

Now look what you've done. Tha should have done it yourself, shouldn't tha?

Sixteen quid  l could have had a week off work for that!

Get lost, you big pig! [ Mother ] Hey!

Well, what's he upset for?

Because he's kiIled me hawk instead, that's why.

He never has.

He has. l know he has. 'Cause he couldn't catch me.

Jud! You have not killed this kid's hawk!

So l have. What are you gonna do about it?

[ Mother ] Bloody kill yourself! That's what you want!

[ Jud ] lt were its own fault. l was only gonna let it go.

Kept lashing at me with claws. l had to kill it. What else could l do?

You're a big bastard! A big rotten bastard!

[ Clattering ] [ Jud ] Don't call me a bastard!

[ Mother ] Stop chucking things like that! Thou'll be next to get it!

You're a big bastard! A big, bleedin' bastard!

[ Mother ] That's enough of that language in here, and you and aIl!

[ Jud ] Sixteen quid. l couId have had a Iousy week off work for that.

[ Mother ] What have you done with the damn bird anyway? [ Jud ] lt's in the bin where it beIongs!

[ Mother ] Putting in t' bin! Look what you've done to him now!

If I'd got hold of him, he'd have been in! Oh, yes, you!

That's just about your bloody power, isn't it  killing a bird?

Shut your face, wilI you! You shut your face!

Don't talk to me like that, or l'll shut it for you!

Ah, well, it wouldn't hurt!

Don't tempt me too much, Jud, 'cause l'm sick of it now!

Ah, shut up! And you! l'm fed up with being in this bloody house! l'm fed up of seein' you in it!

Upsetting a kid like that! Bloody pig, you are.

Look what he's done, Mum! Look at it!

He's a right 'un.

That were a rotten trick anyway, weren't it? lt were a rotten trick, what he did to me, weren't it?

No need to take it out on a bird. You could have took it out on me!

You know what a lot he thought about it. Take it away from table anyway, Billy.

But what are you gonna do to him? What do you want me to do to him?

Give him a good hiding! "Give him a"  What do you think you're doing?

[ Jud ] l'd just like to see her, and all.

I'm fed up with the pair of you talkin' about the damn thing! lt's onIy a bird!

You can get another, can't you? It's not worth a stinkin' threepence!

Get off! Get off!

Get out! Get out!

And don't come stinkin' back!