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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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The British Board of Film Censors asked for certain scenes between Sammy and the Syrian peddler to be either cut or toned down. The producers were after a "U" certificate for the film and so had to comply. In the original full length version, the Syrian, who comes across Sammy laying on a sand dune in the middle of the Egyptian desert, is sexually attracted to Sammy and was shown lusting after him and trying to have his way with him. However, two small parts of the supposedly cut scenes did make it to the final release print. In one, the Syrian is kneeling before the standing Sammy and feeling the boy's right leg, while quite plainly and excitedly ogling the front of Sammy's khaki bush shorts, before grabbing hold of Sammy's right wrist and trying to drag the boy down onto the sand with him, while Sammy tries to wriggle free from his grasp. Originally released at 129 minutes (all but five seconds) the film, after its initial release in 1963, was, for some unknown reason, trimmed of ten minutes of footage and the original full length release version is now believed lost. See more »

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Romance in Beguine
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A children's picture filled delights.
3 May 1999 | by (Ukiah, California) – See all my reviews

A ten year-old English boy's parents are killed in Port Said during the 1956 Suez crisis, and so, in the British way, he sets off--alone and on foot--to travel the length of Africa to find his only relative, an aunt in Durban, South Africa. A children's picture filled with delights, especially the lovely location cinematography; the inspired casting of Edward G. Robinson as a wily soldier of fortune; and the engaging Fergus McClelland as the boy, Sammy, whose own innocence somehow mirrors an Africa which, even in 1956 (or 1963), was already quickly passing away.


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