Sammy Going South (A Boy Ten Feet Tall) (1965) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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The disappointment is that Mackendrick, a film-maker who has been away for much too long, has been unable to make of them more than a prep school guide to darkest Africa.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The concept of walking from one place to another is the simplest in the world - so why not do it?

June 9, 2007

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