Joe Dante on

A Boy Ten Feet Tall

Released 1965
Distributor Paramount

One of Alexander Mackendrick’s lesser known efforts, this hard-luck family movie shot in Africa under the title Sammy Going South existed in several versions. The original 129 minute‚ cut is‚ seemingly lost, but‚ a 119 minute one has surfaced on British dvd. The trailer is for Paramount’s‚ extensively reworked US release, which has several points in its favor but is not likely to resurface as the rights have reverted to Warner Bros.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.