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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.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Gloria van Imhoff
Harry H. Corbett ...
Lem
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Orlando Martins ...
Abu Lubaba
John Turner ...
Heneker
Zena Walker ...
Aunt Jane
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Kathy Hartland
Jared Allen ...
Bob Hartland
Guy Deghy ...
Doctor
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Hassan
Steven Scott ...
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Storyline

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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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Soundtracks

Sammy Going South (Theme)
Music by Tristram Cary, Lyrics by Jack Fishman
Sung by Fergus McClelland
Directed by Keith Papworth
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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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