A Boy Ten Feet Tall


2h 8m 1965

Film Details

Also Known As
Sammy Going South
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New Orleans opening: 8 Jan 1965
Production Company
Great Shows, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Location
South Africa
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Sammy Going South by W. H. Canaway (London, 1961).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Sammy, a 10-year-old boy whose parents were killed in the bombing of Port Said during the Suez Crisis, sets out for Durban to visit his Aunt Jane, unware that he must trek 5,000 miles across an entire continent. He is picked up by a Syrian peddler who plans to exploit him, but the man has an accident and dies. Sammy then encounters Gloria von Imhoff, a rich American tourist, but he distrusts her and runs away. His next acquaintance is Cocky Wainwright, a diamond smuggler and hunter who becomes fond of the lad and takes him to his hideout, teaches him to shoot, and reminisces about his past. Their happy relationship is abruptly ended when Cocky is arrested and taken to jail. He is visited there by Sammy's aunt, who accepts Cocky's advice that the boy be permitted to finish his journey alone. When Sammy finally reaches his aunt's hotel in Durban, she is there to greet him.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sammy Going South
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New Orleans opening: 8 Jan 1965
Production Company
Great Shows, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Location
South Africa
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Sammy Going South by W. H. Canaway (London, 1961).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in South Africa. Opened in London in March 1963 as Sammy Going South; running time: 128 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States January 8, 1965

Released in United States Winter December 31, 1963

CinemaScope

Released in United States January 8, 1965

Released in United States Winter December 31, 1963