What is so moving about this movie is how the boy had this intense relationship with the bird, something he didn't have with anyone else, and how he goes about learning about training the bird. You get to see a different side of the boy and it's quite enjoyable to watch.
The young boy isn't the most academic or promising young man but his Bird truly brings the best out in him & others around him.
A simple & tender film that makes much out of very little. Very truthful & full of heart, a film that really has a lot of impact if you have the patience with it.
1. A grimy northern England working class location. Check. Barnsley, Yorkshire.
2. A cast littered with UK stars from television. Check. Lynne Perrie (Ivy Tildsley off Coronation Street in the 1970s and 80s, Harry Cross off Brookside and the late ex wrestler Brian Glover in a great role as the school PE teacher.
3. A rather left wing view of working class Britain. Although the film was made in 1969 and is very dated now. Thirty forty years or more.
The film uses its cinematography and costume to add to the grimy feeling of the town.
There are some memorable scenes mainly centred in the local school. In particular the Man Utd v Spurs match enacted on the school playing field and the caning of an innocent kid in the headmasters office.
If tha wants a reet gud neet instead o watchint rubbish on telly get thi sen watchint this.