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Son of Rambow (2007)

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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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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 80's, 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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4 April 2008 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$53,789 (USA) (2 May 2008)

Gross:

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

In the 6th form scene, director Garth Jennings mentions at 60:40 on the DVD commentary that for legal reasons they had to cut a bit showing a renowned 1980's toy (recalled because its paint contained lead) being licked on a dare by a boy. The end-piece for the bit, where the boy bursts out of a door and vomits, is still in the film at 62:49. See more »

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When Didier Revol demonstrates his acting to Will Proudfoot in the church, a cigarette is in Didier's left hand. When he "shoots" himself in the head and falls to the ground, the cigarette vanishes. The smoke is in the foreground in one shot, but Didier never put it down. See more »

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[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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References Yentl (1983) See more »

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I Can't Wait
Performed by Nu Shooz
Licensed courtesy of Rhino UK
Written by John Robert Smith
Published by Poolside Music
Courtesy of High Fashion Music - Beat that Music Limited (IMG), UK
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Almost Perfect
3 April 2008 | by (Aberdeen, UK) – See all my reviews

If you sometimes feel like all you watch are big-budget 'blockbuster' movies this is the film to remind you what movie-making should be.

Attended a preview screening this week, and can't wait for the weekend so I can go back and watch it again. The screening was packed, and the general reaction definitely agreed with my own.

There are several 'laugh-out-loud' moments, from the opening titles, to the touching climax, and at many points in between, in a well written, perfectly paced film. I am someone who goes to a lot of movies, and sometimes find myself checking my watch, but this draws you in from the start, and it never loses you.

Probably has most appeal for those , like myself, who were in the UK in the 80's but I'm sure it has appeal for all, and hope the two leads go on to further success in the future. There is an innocent charm about the lead pairing, and the movie as a whole, that should transcend national and cultural boundaries.


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