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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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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Soundtracks

Arromanches
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Music by A.E. Kelly
Performed by The Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
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A long lost friend
3 June 2005 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

the other day something somewhat amazing (at least for me) happened, i was checking out this usenet group that posts various obscure movies. and was reading the description of one of the posts and immediately knew it was a movie that i had seen many many years ago on when we had a b&w television so i would have been 9yrs old or younger. This movie had a almost overwhelmingly profound impact on me, it's the sort of thing that hardly a few days go by that i don't recall some scene, even 35 some years later, and it may sound a little corny, but i really think it had a formative effect on my life, basically it's an old British film about this 10yr old kid who's parents are killed during the 1956 conflict in the suez canal zone, and he is all alone in this chaotic country, decides to find some relative in Durban clear on the other end of the continent, so he treks out and gets into all these hair-raising situations but survives on his guile and wits, in particular i remember what saved him several times was his abandonment of any aristocratic bearing which endeared him to the myriad natives etc he became involved with, seeing it at that time deeply touched me somehow and the kid became a huge hero and role-model to me, probably more subconsciously than anything considering it has remained so vivid all these years. so it was a minor miracle in a way, to stumble upon it like that, i doubt you would ever see it on television, all these years i had never even known the name of it. I feel as if i have been re-united with a long lost friend, a friend who's name is "Sammy Going South"

i never read any other review before writing my own… now after having read others, there is an almost eerie similarity, i find it extraordinary that this long lost film has had such a profound effect.


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