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Sammy Going South (A Boy Ten Feet Tall) (1965)



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Released in the US as A Boy Ten Feet Tall, Sammy Going South is a rugged youngster's-eye-view adventure set in South Africa. 10-year-old orphan Sammy (Fergus McClelland), who resides in Port Said, tries to locate his only relative, who lives 5000 miles away across the desert in Durban. After the death of his first guide, an erstwhile peddler, Sammy is rescued by a wealthy tourist (Constance Cummings). Not anxious to return to Port Said, Sammy escapes his benefactress and links up with a crafty old hunter/diamond smuggler (Edward G. Robinson), whose life is saved by the boy. When the police search for Sammy, they arrest the old man, who has been a fugitive for years. When Sammy is finally united with his Aunt (Zena Walker), he learns that the old smuggler has willed him his fortune. Released in the US at 88 minutes, Sammy Going South was restored to its full 118 minutes for television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Edward G. Robinson
as Cocky Wainwright
Fergus McClelland
as Sammy Hartland
Constance Cummings
as Gloria van Imhoff
Paul Stassino
as Spyros Dracondopolous
Zia Mohyeddin
as The Syrian
Orlando Martins
as Abu Lubaba
John Turner
as Heneker
Zena Walker
as Aunt Jane
Jack Gwillim
as District Commissioner
Guy Deghy
as Doctor
Frederick Schiller
as Head Porter
Steven Scott
as Egyptian Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Sammy Going South (A Boy Ten Feet Tall)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Mackendrick's films usually strike an attitude and have intuition on points of views. Relationships between his key characters are usually more clearly defined and worked on than in this.

March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

This fresh, crackling and suspenseful African adventure story gives top billing to Veteran Edward G. Robinson, who bolsters the fun with his strongest performance in years.

March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Above average.

June 9, 2007 | Full Review…

The best live-action children's film I've ever seen, with a grasp of the quality of childhood experience so firm and precise that it is equally meaningful for adult audiences.

June 9, 2007 | Full Review…

If the pace is oddly flaccid in places and the photography sometimes verges on travelogue territory, there is no denying the vitality of the performances, Robinson being particularly affecting.

June 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Only Edward G. Robinson, sentimentalised into a role rather like Spencer Tracy's so long ago in Captains Courageous, provides an unclubbish brand of charm.

March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

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