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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cocky Wainwright
Fergus McClelland ...
Sammy Hartland
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Gloria van Imhoff
Harry H. Corbett ...
Lem
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Spyros Dracandopolous
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The Syrian
Orlando Martins ...
Abu Lubaba
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Heneker
Zena Walker ...
Aunt Jane
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District Commissioner
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Kathy Hartland
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Bob Hartland
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Doctor
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Hassan
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Egyptian Policeman at Luxor Hotel
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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Edward G. Robinson was ill during shooting, and successfully survived a stroke that occurred while filming the movie, in Africa. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Arromanches
(uncredited)
Music by A.E. Kelly
Performed by The Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Sammy Going South
28 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recall seeing this movie for the first time on TV back in the mid-70s when it went by a different title (possibly for US viewers), "A Boy 10 Feet Tall". Sadly I have only see this film one other time back in the late 80s. I too was drawn in by this film an it's youthful wanderer determined to make his own way from Egypt to South Africa despite all of the hardships involved. I credit this film in part in helping to pique my interest in travel and the world around me, especially Africa. It's too bad that a DVD or VHS version of this film were never officially released. This is one the films that remain on my 'Must Have' list.


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