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Son of Rambow (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 23 May 2008 (USA)
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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El hijo de Rambow  »

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£4,000,000 (estimated)

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£897,089 (UK) (4 April 2008)

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$1,784,769 (USA) (8 August 2008)
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Travis: In the teachers lounge, the Scottish band are sitting at the table, dressed in the same costumes as the ones they wore in their music video for 'Driftwood', in which they also play teachers. Hammer & Tongs produced the video. See more »

Goofs

Siouxsie And The Banshees' "Peek-A-Boo", which was released in 1988, plays at a school party. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

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Wild Boys
Performed by Duran Duran
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
Written by Simon Le Bon (as Simon LeBon), Nick Rhodes, Andy Taylor,
John Taylor, Roger Taylor
Published by Gloucester Place Music Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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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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