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A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963)
"Sammy Going South" (original title)

 -  Adventure  -  21 April 1963 (UK)
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Ten year old Sammy travels 4500 miles on his own from the Suez Canal to Durban, South Africa.

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Cocky Wainwright
Fergus McClelland ...
Sammy Hartland
Constance Cummings ...
Gloria van Imhoff
Harry H. Corbett ...
Lem
Paul Stassino ...
Spyros Dracandopolous
Zia Mohyeddin ...
The Syrian
Orlando Martins ...
Abu Lubaba
John Turner ...
Heneker
Zena Walker ...
Aunt Jane
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District Commissioner
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Kathy Hartland
Jared Allen ...
Bob Hartland
Guy Deghy ...
Doctor
Marne Maitland ...
Hassan
Steven Scott ...
Egyptian Policeman at Luxor Hotel
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A young boy living in Port Said, Egypt, narrowly escapes a bomb blast that destroys the apartment block where he lives. After discovering that both his parents were killed in the explosion, he decides to travel (on foot) to Durban, South Africa, to be with his only living relative, an aunt. During his 4500 mile journey across africa he has many adventures including a first hand experience with the slave trade and living for a time with a band of poachers and criminals. After several months of travel he finally arrives at his destination. Written by Kevin Steinhauer {K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU}

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21 April 1963 (UK)  »

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A Boy Ten Feet Tall  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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The desert scenes between Sammy and the Syrian pedlar were reduced at the request of the BBFC. See more »

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Arromanches
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Music by A.E. Kelly
Performed by The Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
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Left a lasting impression
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I saw this movie by myself as a young boy - and for years I thought I had dreamed the whole thing. As an adult (an psychologist) years later I realized how the movie impacted me and touched something deep in myself about how a boy who has lost everything - must make a long journey 'south' (symbolic of the unknown - unconscious - what better metaphor than traversing Africa) to find himself and the man who is living inside of him. I have looked for years for a copy - and wonder why to this day it has not been released on VHS or DVD - if anyone knows where it can be found I would LOVE to know. For those interested the book is wonderful as well - but doesn't have the 'feel' and 'power' the images in the movie left upon me.


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