A Boy Ten Feet Tall
(original title: Sammy Going South)
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
Fergus McClelland as Sammy
Constance Cummings as Gloria van Imhoff
Harry H. Corbett as Lem
Paul Stassino as Spyros Dracandopolous
Zia Mohyeddin as The Syrian
Orlando Martins as Abu Lubaba
John Turner as Heneker
Zena Walker as Aunt Jane
Jack Gwillim as District Commissioner
Patricia Donahue as Kathy
A Boy Ten Feet Tall is a British production, an adventure film released in Britain in 1963 and in the USA in 1965. The original title was Sammy Going South and the film was retitled A Boy Ten Feet Tall when it was released by Paramount in the USA. The film was directed by Alexander Mackendrick.
The boy, Sammy, lives in Egypt with his parents until a bombing during the Suez Crisis
kills both his parents. With only one relative remaining, an aunt living in the south of Africa, Sammy takes off on his own to find his way to her.
During his nearly 5,000 mile journey on his own Sammy meets various characters who help him on his trek. Among those characters are an Arab peddler, a wealthy tourist, and an irascible old hunter
and diamond smuggler who is a fugitive from the law.