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The Second World War. 13 year old John Curlew finds himself living far from the War but dreaming of a heroic role. The role he finds himself instead is acting as minder to an Austrian Jewish boy Mark Stein. The local boys do not take to their new companion and John finds himself torn between the local gang and Mark.
The story is from a book by the actor John Rae.
An amateur production shown on Channel 4 in its early days. The filimng and some of the acting reflects this. Note the last minute or so (it is just stock footage of a British Legion parade with a voiceover from the author plus end credits) is missing).
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