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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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Mary Proudfoot (as Jessica Stevenson)
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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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El hijo de Rambow  »

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

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 »

Goofs

The ambulance that brings Lee Carter to the movie theatre has a Road Tax disc, valid for 1 year, that expires in February 2008, and an E registration number plate (license plate) from 1987-88. Many modern cars are in the background, including a 1990's Renault Laguna and a 2001 Vauxhall Combo van. 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 Yentl (1983) See more »

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Just Can't Get Enough
Performed by Depeche Mode
Courtesy of Sire Records/Mute Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Written by Vince Clarke
Published by Sony Music Publishing
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Much better than the trailer - heart warming and lovable
23 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I saw the trailer for this film, it looked like another corny British comedy. The film itself is much, much better than that, as someone else has said it feels more like a Michael Gondry film. Very idiosyncratic, quirky and confident in what it does, with many laugh-out-loud moments. What I enjoyed most of all was how some really nice themes and subplots started to innocently dovetail with the story, never feeling contrived, or overly sentimental. There were some great touches where the writer/director chose to imply or suggest something without going overboard - which makes for a much more warming experience than the usual obvious and clunky approach in British screen writing. The acting was superb. This film will appeal to many, many people for different reasons - I just hope they are encouraged and inspired enough to go and see it. I hope that word of mouth does this film the justice it deserves. Go see it!!


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