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A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963)

Sammy Going South (original title)
G | | Adventure | 21 April 1963 (UK)
Ten year old Sammy travels 4500 miles on his own from the Suez Canal to Durban, South Africa.

Writers:

W.H. Canaway (novel), Denis Cannan
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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:
Edward G. Robinson ... 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
Jack Gwillim ... District Commissioner
Patricia Donahue ... Kathy Hartland
Jared Allen ... Bob Hartland
Guy Deghy ... Doctor
Marne Maitland ... Hassan
Steven Scott ... 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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Five thousand miles of incredible adventure! See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boy Ten Feet Tall See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the movie was released in the United States in 1965 (two years after its British release) its American distributors, Paramount, cut so much out of the film to enable it to fit on a double-bill, that the original score by Tristram Cary had to be removed and replaced with a new one by Les Baxter. Paramount also changed the title to "A Boy Ten Feet Tall". See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released at 118 minutes but shortened to 88 for US release. TV version restores missing footage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Edward G. Robinson (4) (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Logo (Main Title) - Overture
Written and Performed by Tristram Cary
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A fantastic film
5 December 2006 | by willb65See 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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