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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cocky Wainwright
Fergus McClelland ...
Sammy Hartland
Constance Cummings ...
Gloria van Imhoff
Harry H. Corbett ...
Paul Stassino ...
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 ...
Marne Maitland ...
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)  »

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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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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 »


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Music by Ronald Hanmer
Francis, Day & Hunter Music
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A fantastic film
5 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was ten when it was first released. I have only seen it once but can vividly remember it. My father had already died and Sammy's experience of returning to his home and finding it bombed and his parents dead had a profound effect on me. I lived the fear as Sammy travelled south. I have often thought about the film but have never seen it again. I have tried to find it on DVD but unsuccessfully as I assume it's never been released. I remember Sammy's resolve and determination to complete his journey but I can also remember lying awake at night wondering if I would be orphaned. A fantastic film, release it on DVD.

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