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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.

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 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 »

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Adventure

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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 »

Company Credits

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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

Cyril Frankel was asked to direct. 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 Empire of the Sun (1987) See more »

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Logo (Main Title) - Overture
Written and Performed by Tristram Cary
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Most memorable movie of all time!
30 May 2008 | by raafcyrSee all my reviews

I would like to also concur with most of the previous posters. This movie was perhaps one of the most memorable movie of my entire life. I was first captivated by it when I was about 12-years-old to our 7th or 8th grade Civics & Geography class. It was shown along with another movie about a boy who lived in a tree in Canada--anyone remember that classic?--as well as,the politically motivated film "Z." Apparently it was shown for about ten or more years thereafter, until the projector and the film it self fell into complete disarray....Along with a few other great movies, in my opinion, this is one of the greatest movies of all time.

I'm still completely perplexed for the reasons it hasn't been re-released either on DVD or shown on TCM by now? This is truly bizarre. For many years, I always thought the name was "Mogambo"--which was also shown in our school. Nowadays these poor kids are shown a lot of gobbledygook. This ought to be amongst all of the masterpieces, such as, Bread & Chocolate; Dr.Zhivago; The Adventurers, etc.

If anyone has any information of how to get a copy of it, please let me know. So far very few movies were ever made the way the Director in this film created it.

This is a very psychologically uplifting and powerful film. Ironically, I've mentioned this movie to many people, most who are over 30-years of age, in nearly any country, and they can somehow recall this film.


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