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A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963)

Sammy Going South (original title)
Ten year old Sammy travels 4500 miles on his own from the Suez Canal to Durban, South Africa.


Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cocky Wainwright
Fergus McClelland ...
Sammy Hartland
Gloria van Imhoff
Harry H. Corbett ...
Spyros Dracandopolous
Zia Mohyeddin ...
The Syrian
Orlando Martins ...
Abu Lubaba
John Turner ...
Zena Walker ...
Aunt Jane
District Commissioner
Kathy Hartland
Jared Allen ...
Bob Hartland
Guy Deghy ...
Steven Scott ...
Egyptian Policeman at Luxor Hotel


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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Release Date:

21 April 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Boy Ten Feet Tall  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Constance Cummings also worked on In the Cool of the Day (1963) during a majority of the same time eras, of both movies. See more »


Referenced in Empire of the Sun (1987) See more »


Logo (Main Title) - Overture
Written and Performed by Tristram Cary
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Edward G.
8 August 2005 | by (Long Island, USA) – See all my reviews

My review is based on my one viewing of this movie. I saw it in 1967, two years after its release. I was seven years old. My elementary school was showing it after school. I went because the title intrigued me. The title in this country was A BOY TEN FEET TALL. There was a poster on the wall, made by a student (or a teacher) with the title in big letters next to a line drawing of an extremely tall boy. The actual movie was disappointingly realistic to me. I was expecting something like a Popeye cartoon. Ever since seeing it I've asked fellow movie buffs if they remember a movie in which Edward G. Robinson gives sage advice to a boy in the jungle. Nobody I know has ever heard of this. Maybe the fact that it is also called SAMMY GOING SOUTH has caused confusion, because I have always referred to it as A BOY TEN FEET TALL. In the half-a-lifetime since seeing this, I've come to realize that Edward G. Robinson gave it his all. Late-career Edward G. was truly a scene-stealer. He's the reason we remember SOYLENT GREEN. I'll give it 7 stars because I saw it when I was seven and seven is a lucky number. I was lucky to see what has become a rare performance by a great actor.

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