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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:
... Cocky Wainwright
... Sammy Hartland
... Gloria van Imhoff
Harry H. Corbett ... Lem
... Spyros Dracandopolous
... The Syrian
... Abu Lubaba
... Heneker
Zena Walker ... Aunt Jane
... District Commissioner
... Kathy Hartland
... Bob Hartland
... Doctor
... Hassan
... 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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Release Date:

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

The Durban street scenes towards the end of the film may have been stock footage, but the Fairview Hotel, supposedly in Durban, was actually in Jinja, Uganda. The film unit did not film in Durban at all. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 16 December 1962 (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Romance in Beguine
(uncredited)
Music by Ronald Hanmer
Francis, Day & Hunter Music
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Left a lasting impression
6 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie by myself as a young boy - and for years I thought I had dreamed the whole thing. As an adult (an psychologist) years later I realized how the movie impacted me and touched something deep in myself about how a boy who has lost everything - must make a long journey 'south' (symbolic of the unknown - unconscious - what better metaphor than traversing Africa) to find himself and the man who is living inside of him. I have looked for years for a copy - and wonder why to this day it has not been released on VHS or DVD - if anyone knows where it can be found I would LOVE to know. For those interested the book is wonderful as well - but doesn't have the 'feel' and 'power' the images in the movie left upon me.


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