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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)

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$1,784,769 (USA) (8 August 2008)
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In the scene showing Will Proudfoot drawing in bed, director Garth Jennings mentions at 63:00 in the DVD commentary that his own humming was used in post production to replace Bill Milner's humming because the production had Bill hum "Tour de France" by Kraftwerk during the shoot but they were subsequently unable to clear the rights to use that song. See more »

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Siouxsie And The Banshees' "Peek-A-Boo", which was released in 1988, plays at a school party. 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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Egyptian Reggae
Performed by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
Written by Jonathan Richman / Earl Anthony Johnson
Published by Modern Love Songs/Snapping Turtle/Hornall Brothers Music Ltd/Soul Syndicate Music/Bug Music Ltd.
(P) 1977 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd
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Essential Feel good Entertainment
14 November 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this film at a private screening in London and i'm happy to say it really does live up to the hype. You can see why Paramount bought this film for $8 million (a record for any film being bought at Sundance) as they will surely make ten times that.

This film has something for everyone; laughter, emotion and enough nostalgic material from the 80's to keep any generation from that decade and previous ones happy.

I was also extremely impressed with the two young unknown (at the point of this review) leads. It's worth seeing this film just for their performances.

The film the two boys make within the film is quite charming too and is itself better than most of the crap being made today, even if it is essentially a home movie being filmed in some woods with a camcorder.

Quite simply a modern day classic and will no doubt hold a space in all film buffs DVD collection.

Well Done!


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