Son of Rambow (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  23 May 2008 (USA)
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During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982).



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Proudfoot (as Jessica Stevenson)
Anna Wing ...
Tallulah Evans ...
Emilie Chesnais ...
French Teacher (as Emile Chesnais)
Geography Teacher
Finola McMahon ...
Rachel Mureatroyd ...
Taylor Richardson ...
Peter Robinson ...
Charlie Thrift ...
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SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to... Written by Hammer & Tongs

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Make Believe. Not War.

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and reckless behavior | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hijo de Rambow  »

Box Office


£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£897,089 (UK) (4 April 2008)


$1,784,769 (USA) (8 August 2008)

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Did You Know?


Jan Pinkava, who appears in the movie on the real television show Screen Test and won the Young Film-Maker's Competition of the Year Award, later went on to write and co-direct Ratatouille (2007) for Disney-Pixar. See more »


When Will is gets the stew pot out of the oven, he places it on the table using a cloth with two pockets. In the next shot, from behind, he takes the lid off with his bare hand. In the next shot, from the front, he holds the lid with a cloth. See more »


[first lines]
Brethren Leader: Brother William, would you like to read today?
Will: [apprehensively carries Bible into middle of the street and reads] "O God, our Heavenly Father, who has commanded us to love one another as thy children."
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits Carter's voice-over says, "By the way, you spelled the title slightly wrong; there's no 'w' in Rambo". Will replies, "Oh, okay" and Carter then says, "It's still good though". See more »


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Peek a Boo
Performed by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Licensed courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd.
Written by Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Budgie,
Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer (as John Mercer)
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division
Part of the Universal Music Group
Published by Chrysalis Music/WB Music Group/Domino. (c) 1988
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Engaging and hilarious
17 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Son of Rambow, set in 1980's England, tells the story of two young schoolboys making a home-video addition to the Rambo series. This promising theme gives rise to one of the most hilarious comedies in recent cinema, memorable not only for countless laugh-out-loud moments but also for its engaging and unexpectedly moving story.

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) and Lee Carter (Will Poulter) are a chalk and cheese pairing, thrown together by chance after being summoned to detention at school. Will, from a fatherless family in the grip of the austerely religious Brethren, is a heart-warmingly polite boy harbouring a boundlessly artistic imagination; Carter, from a parentless household, is a lonely rebel with a total lack of respect for everyone except his astoundingly self-absorbed brother, marvellously played by Ed Westwick. And yet, following their chance encounter, the situation where naïve and amiable Will is exploited by sharp-witted and seemingly cynical Carter is replaced by mounting empathy and friendship between the two, alternately spurred and severed by their family backgrounds and their turbulent film-making.

The two leads are remarkable debut actors, making the story touching and believable and realising the film's comic potential. Poulter is hilarious in the role of Carter, delivering stinging wit and outraged putdowns with aplomb. The shooting of the film provides some hysterical contrasts between grown-up pretensions and childlike absurdity, with gun-battle sequences ripped straight from 'Rambo: First Blood' interspersed with footage of a flying dog attack.

The overlapping secondary story, portraying the school-playground infatuation with the New Wave style of French exchange student Didier, is also a rich seam of humour; the stinging parody of teenage culture culminates in Will and Carter's visit to the school common room, populated by posing, pogoing teens. The supporting cast of adults also includes some fine comic actors, including Jessica Stevenson (notably of TV comedy Spaced) and Adam (of the Adam and Joe Show fame).

Writer-director Garth Jennings skilfully weaves together the overlapping worlds of children, teenagers and adults in this film with excellent dialogue and cinematography. The camera-work is striking in many places, particularly the opening montage of front gardens, with Lee riding his bike past and casually causing havoc. The film also benefits from its bubbly soundtrack, composed by Joby Talbot. This is a superb comedy and definitely the best Rambo film ever.

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