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The Custard Boys

Country: UK

Genre: Drama



In a small Norfolk village during World War II, John Curlew (Chris Chescoe) forms an increasingly close relationship with a Jewish refugee boy (Eric Milliet) from Austria. However, the tough boys who form John's peer group dislike the foreigner as a coward and a sissy. John's divided loyalties lead ultimately to a grim denouement in this dark anti-war drama.


  • Based on the 1960 novel of the same name by British author John Rae (1931-2006), who makes a cameo appearance in this film as the Vicar.
  • The film was produced by the CFU (Children's Film Unit), a unique British film production unit which offered children from the ages of 10 to 16 the opportunity to learn about all aspects of filmmaking, by participating as both cast and crew in the making of professional-quality feature films. CFU films had a theatrical release, as well as being shown on British and overseas television, and were exhibited at international film festivals (where they sometimes picked up awards).
  • This was the second film adaptation of John Rae's novel, the first being Reach for Glory (1962).
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  • Chris Chescoe
    (John Curlew)
  • Eric Milliet
    (Mark Stein)
  • Ben Clennell
    (Lewis Craig)
  • Matthew Cormack
    (Willie Aldrich)
  • Paul Bolton
    (Jacob Freen)
  • Glen Dunderdale
    (Mrs. Curlew)
  • Les Scott
    (Mr. Curlew)
  • Doug Dawes
  • Roger Cleave
    (Mr. Wilson)
  • Greg Page
    (Major Burton)
  • John Rae

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