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 '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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23 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£897,089 (UK) (4 April 2008)

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

One of Didier's entourage is wearing sun glasses because as director Garth Jennings puts it at 22:50 in the DVD commentary "He could not stop looking directly into the camera." See more »

Goofs

The First Blood marquee in the opening shot says the film has a "15" rating. That certificate was introduced in 1984-85, part of the Video Recordings Act. In reality, the film was rated "AA," meaning "Passed as suitable only for exhibition to persons of fourteen years and over. When a programme includes an 'AA' film, no persons under fourteen years can be admitted." 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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Mack is listed last among the "Special Thanks To" names and refers to a dog mentioned at 94:45 on the DVD commentary. See more »

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References The Outsiders (1983) See more »

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Courtesy of JAM Creative Productions Inc.
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Fantastic movie.
6 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie just screened at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando, Fl. The crowd applauded, laughed and cheered throughout. This should be a big hit if it has a wide release in May. I loved the fact the film was set in the mid-80's, when I was also a student in junior high school. The soundtrack to the film was a lot of fun with hits by Depeche Mode and Cars by Gary Neuman. Also, I swear that I saw the band members of Travis in a scene shot in the faculty lounge of the school. I think the film is equally rewarding for both children and adults and will also be appreciated by anyone who love the art of cinema. I honestly can't imagine anyone not being moved and amused by this little film.


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