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Son of Rambow -- Set on a long English summer in the early 80's, Son Of Rambow is a comedy about friendship, faith and the weird business of growing up.
Son of Rambow -- Set on a long English summer in the early 80's, Son Of Rambow is a comedy about friendship, faith and the weird business of growing up.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Neil Dudgeon ... Joshua

Bill Milner ... Will Proudfoot

Jessica Hynes ... Mary Proudfoot (as Jessica Stevenson)
Anna Wing ... Grandma

Will Poulter ... Lee Carter
Tallulah Evans ... Jess Proudfoot
Emilie Chesnais ... French Teacher (as Emile Chesnais)

Paul Ritter ... Geography Teacher
Finola McMahon ... Gail Graham
Rachel Mureatroyd ... Marie Plante
Taylor Richardson ... David Smart
Peter Robinson ... Lucas Dupont
Charlie Thrift ... Duncan Miller

Jules Sitruk ... Didier Revol
Sam Kubrick-Finney ... Danny
James Clarke ... Shaun
Zofia Brooks ... Tina
Denise Orita ... Orderly

Eric Sykes ... Frank

Ed Westwick ... Lawrence Carter
Lee Long ... Lawrence's Henchman
Adam Paul Harvey ... Lawrence's Henchman
Atila Emirali ... Rambo Double
Dave Shaw ... Cobbler

Adam Godley ... Brethren Leader

Asa Butterfield ... Brethren Boy

Adam Buxton ... Science Teacher

Edgar Wright ... Metal Work Teacher
Imogen Aboud ... Young Mary
Louise Jennings ... Nurse
Sam Spivack ... Policeman
Robert Styles ... Medic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clive Elkington ... Boy in Disco (uncredited)

Natalie Hallam ... Mary's Mother Flashback (uncredited)
Fran Healy ... Teacher in Staff Common Room (uncredited)
Jan Pinkava ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Garth Jennings 
Writing credits
Garth Jennings (written by)

Produced by
Bristol Baughan .... executive producer
Christian Baute .... associate producer
Trevor Evans .... producer: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Benjamin Goldhirsh .... executive producer
Nick Goldsmith .... producer
Peter Nadermann .... associate producer
Hengameh Panahi .... executive producer
Michel Reilhac .... associate producer
Jane Robertson .... line producer
Meinolf Zurhorst .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joby Talbot 
Cinematography by
Jess Hall (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dominic Leung 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Joel Collins 
Art Direction by
Robyn Paiba 
Set Decoration by
Sara Neighbour 
Costume Design by
Harriet Cawley 
Makeup Department
Cathy Burczak .... daily makeup assistant (as Kathy Burchek)
Anna Cash .... makeup artist daily
Julie Dartnell .... daily makeup assistant
Paul Gooch .... daily makeup assistant
Sarah Love .... chief hairdresser
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Ameneh Mahloudji .... makeup assistant
Laura McIntosh .... daily makeup assistant
Charlotte Rogers .... crowd hair/makeup artist: daily
Sally Anne Sexton .... daily makeup assistant (as Sally Ann Sexton)
Julie Thom .... daily makeup assistant
Nathalie Tissier .... makeup designer
Tania Wanstall .... daily makeup assistant
Production Management
Pierre Geismar .... pre-production manager: Celluloid Dreams
Pascal Metge .... production manager
Bobby Prince .... unit manager: locations
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carlos Fidel .... second assistant director
Henry Forsyth .... third assistant director: daily
Daniel Jerome Gill .... third assistant director (as Dan Gill)
Jon Hollis .... second unit director
Richard Styles .... first assistant director
Art Department
George Ausburger .... carpenter
Caroline Barclay .... stand-by art director
Stan Cook .... prop storeman
Cosmo .... painter
Peter Davis .... stand-by painter
Billy Edwards .... prop buyer
John Fox .... chargehand dressing props
Pip Fox .... stand-by propman
Bruce Gallup .... painter
Andrew Golding .... construction manager
David Grey .... painter
Paul Hearn .... set dresser
Kevin Herbert .... stand-by propman
Peter Hodge .... stand-by carpenter
Guy Hunt .... carpenter
Ben Johnson .... dressing prop daily
Greg Keeley .... modelmaker
Seeta Lingam .... assistant art director
Ben Lobb .... painter
David O'Reilly .... illustrator
Eleanor Shanks .... art department runner
Ellie Shanks .... art department assistant
Dave Siddons .... stagehand
Andy Skipsey .... second dressing propman
Lance Smith .... painter
Peter Taylor .... carpenter
Ian Whiteford .... greensman
Jamie Wilkinson .... prop master
Sound Department
Paul Ackerman .... foley editor
Karin Breitburd .... adr supervisor: France (as Karine Breitbud)
Jonny Crew .... adr editor
Jonny Crew .... dialogue editor
Sam Davey .... adr recording assistant
Olivier Do Huu .... sound mixer (as Olivier Dô-Hùu)
Judith Guittier .... foley artist: Les Auditoriums de Joinville
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist: Les Auditoriums de Joinville (as Laurent Levy)
Joe Mount .... sound editor
Francis Perreard .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Francis Perrard)
James Perry .... adr recordist
Guillaume Sciama .... sound recordist
Joseph Stracey .... supervising sound editor (as Joseph Park-Stracey)
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: Dolby
Mark Wyllie .... score recording & mixing engineer
Naomi Smith .... sound recordist: documentary (uncredited)
Emmanuelle Villard .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
David Vranken .... sound trainee (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ken Batten .... engineer: Asylum Models and Effects
Conor Breen .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
John Cormican .... prosthetic supervisor: Asylum Models and Effects
Simon Craze .... model shop assistant: Asylum Models and Effects
Mark Curtis .... model and miniatures supervisor: Asylum Models and Effects
Kerry Flynn .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Rachel Frost .... fabricator: Asylum Models and Effects
Andy Geddes .... foam technician: Asylum Models and Effects
Steve Hagen .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Greg Keely .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Nesbeth Khan .... special effects administrator: Asylum Models and Effects
Sally Knight .... model shop assistant: Asylum Models and Effects
Mark Mason .... special effects supervisor: Asylum Models and Effects
Kate McConnell .... fabrication supervisor: Asylum Models and Effects
Heidi Munn .... lead special effects buyer: Asylium Models and Effects
Sunita Parmar .... prosthetic assistant: Asylum Models and Effects
David Plewis .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Geraldine Purcell-Lynch .... special effects administrator: Asylum Models and Effects
James Reynolds .... special effects buyer: Asylum Models and Effects
Adam Sankey .... model shop supervisor: Asylum Models and Effects
Pete Seddon .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
John Sims .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Tony Skinner .... engineer: Asylum Models and Effects
Jenny Spencer .... fabricator: Asylium Models and Effects
Carmina Spies .... special effects administrator: Asylum Models and Effects
Lee Sutton .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Nigel Swift .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Henrietta Thomas .... fabricator: Asyum Models and Effects
Andy Walsh .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Mark Ward .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
John Wingrave .... model maker: Asylum Models and Effects
Dean Ford .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Neil Toddy Todd .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joss Flores .... Shake artist: Scratch Productions
Joby Hollis .... Shake artist: Scratch Productions
Jon Hollis .... lead flame artist: Scratch Productions
Jon Hollis .... visual effects supervisor
Sean Mathiesen .... CG supervisor (as Sean Matheison)
Sean Mathiesen .... lead cg artist: Scratch Productions
David O'Reilly .... animator: Scratch Productions
John Fell .... wire man
Paul Heasman .... stunt coordinator
Rob Hunt .... stunt performer: Didier
Ian Kay .... stunt performer: Carter
Paul Lowe .... stunt performer: Will (as Paul Vincent Lowe)
Kevin Matthews .... wire man
Sean Rogers .... assistant stunt coordinator
Robert Schofield .... wire rigger (as Bob Schofield)
Roy Weatherley .... wire man
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Alderton .... stand-by rigger
Denzil Armour-Brown .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stewart Bell .... additional grip
Julian Bucknall .... focus puller: "a" camera, main unit
Jason Bully .... focus puller: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Geoff Burden .... additional electrician
Luke Chisholm .... second grip
Vernon Connolly .... additional electrician (as Vernon Connelly)
Nic Cupac .... camera grip
Chris Dale .... clapper loader
Toby Day .... camera trainee (as Tobias Day)
Lawrence Dodson .... additional electrician
Lol Duffy .... additional electrician
Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator
Tobias Eedy .... additional clapper loader
John Fennelly .... rigger
Maggie Ferreira .... still photographer
Eamonn Fitzgerald .... electrician (as Eammon Fitzgerald)
Eamonn Fitzgerald .... electrician (as Eamon 'The Swerve' Fitzgerald)
Steve Hideg .... crane technician
Mac Kenny .... director of photography: documentary
Martin King .... video assist operator: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Adrian McCarthy .... second grip
Keith McNamara .... additional focus puller
Jennie Paddon .... additional clapper loader (as Jenny Paddon)
Robert Palmer .... focus puller: second unit
Glen Patrick .... generator operator (as Glen 'Crash' Patrick)
Toby Plaskitt .... grip: second unit
George Powell .... crane technician
Bernie Prentice .... gaffer: Underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Danny Preston .... camera loader: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Vince Shaw .... rigger
Mark Silk .... camera operator: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Mark Silk .... director of photography: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Rob Snell .... additional electrician
Mark Taylor .... gaffer
Tim Wiley .... best boy
Ben Wilson .... camera operator: second unit
Sarah Woodward .... clapper loader: second unit
Lee Wooster .... additional electrician
Andy Livesley .... camera truck (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting: Lipsync
Marie de Laubier .... casting director: Paris
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting: Lipsync
Amelia Hashemi .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gemma Johnson .... costume stand-by: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Fiona MacKinnon .... costume stand-by (as Fiona Mackinnon)
Alison McLaughlin .... costume supervisor
Deb Milner .... costume stand-by: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Valerie Perkins .... costume assistant
Zahra Robbins .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... colorist
Tom Balogh .... on-set grading colorist
Lita Blechman .... post-production coordinator: Scratch Productions
Alison Carter .... first assistant editor
Jonathan Davies .... executive producer: Glassworks
Joss Flores .... second assistant editor
Tareq Kubaisi .... senior colorist: Glassworks (as Tareq Al Kubaisi)
Vic Parker .... colorist: Glassworks
Amanda Ryan .... telecine producer: Glassworks
Ron Taylor .... laboratory liaison: Technicolor Creative Services
Music Department
Christopher Austin .... conductor
Christopher Austin .... orchestrator
Luke Bedford .... orchestral part preparation
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Robert Broadley .... orchestral part preparation
Mick Clark .... music supervisor
Sophie Cornet .... music editor
Sue Crawshaw .... music supervisor
Marcia Crayford .... music leader
Ben Foskett .... orchestral part preparation
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jake Jackson .... assistant music engineer: Air Studios
Catherine Manners .... score coordinator
Chuck Norman .... music programmer
Joby Talbot .... orchestrator
Artem Vassiliev .... orchestrator
Bruce White .... viola
Jonathan Williams .... musician: solo cello
Mark Wyllie .... music mixer
Mark Wyllie .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Garry Abbott .... driver: minubus (as Gary Abbot)
Pat Coleman .... unit driver
Nick 'Nocker' Curson .... driver: construction (as Nick Curson)
Erol Halil .... unit driver
Rob Hempenstall .... unit driver
Simon Jones .... transportation captain
Alan Lewandowski .... driver: prop van
Charlie Morris .... driver: construction
Luke Chisholm .... driver: grip truck (uncredited)
Other crew
Naima Abed .... legal services: Celluloid Dreams, France
David Alexander .... production assistant
David Alexander .... production runner
Jennie Armstrong .... work experience runner
Jamie Atkins .... caterer
Lita Blechman .... assistant production coordinator
David Broder .... location manager
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse
Vanessa Ciszewski .... production coordinator: Celluloid Dreams
Sarah Clarke .... legal services: Richards Butler, France
Delphine Clot .... legal services: Celluloid Dreams, France
Cuong Dang .... second assistant production coordinator
Lisa Dumpleton .... location runner
Steven 'Fluffy' Dyke .... caterer
Elliott Evans .... double: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Elliott Evans .... stand-in: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Jenny Fitzgerald .... chaperone
Ian Ford .... location security
Mick Hurrell .... health and safety officer
Amy Irvine .... stand-in: dallies
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Gemma Johnson .... chaperone
Margaret Johnson .... chaperone
Chris Judd .... work experience runner (as Christopher Judd)
Georgina Kelly .... accounts trainee
Miles Ketley .... legal services: Wiggin, UK
Deepti Khurana .... legal services: Wiggin, UK
John Lane .... catering supervisor
Anne-Lise Le Brun .... production runner: Celluloid Dreams (as Anne-Lise Lebrun)
Samuel Leek .... location assistant (as Sam Leek)
Geneviève Lhote .... assistant: Hengamch Panabi (as Genevieve Lhote)
Danièle Maleville .... project manager: Scanlab (as Danielle Maleville)
Michael Maxtone-Smith .... legal services: Richards Butler, France
Deb Milner .... chaperone
Claire Missingham .... choreographer
Zoe Morgan .... script supervisor
Emmanuel Nguyen .... accounts assistant: Celluloid Dreams
Katharine Otway .... legal services: Wiggin, UK
Billy Pegg .... location security
Richard Phillips .... legal services: Richards Butler, UK
Tina Pisano .... accounts trainee (as Tina Tisano)
Samar Pollitt .... extras coordinator
Gemma Louise Read .... floor runner (as Gemma Read)
Tonie Romane .... child tutor
Franck Sauyineau .... accountant: Celluloid Dreams
James Silk .... double: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
James Silk .... stand-in: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Claude Sitruk .... chaperone
Phil Stoole .... director: making-of
Damien Sung .... director: making-of (as Damien Wasylkiw)
Dan Travers .... safety diver: underwater unit, Watertight Productions
Karina Userovici .... legal services: Celluloid Dreams, France
Tommaso Vergallo .... head of digital cinema: Duboi
Sheena Wichary .... production coordinator
Laura Windebank .... additional runner
Simon Windsor .... accountant
Alex Chapman .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Richard Crenna .... thanks
Brian Dennehy .... thanks (as Brian Dennehey)
Ruth McCance .... special thanks
Jan Pinkava .... thanks
Sarah Radclyffe .... special thanks
Sylvester Stallone .... thanks
James Wilson .... special thanks (as Jim Wilson)

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Also Known As:
"Little Rambows" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violence and reckless behavior
96 min
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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 »
Anachronisms: Siouxsie And The Banshees' "Peek-A-Boo", which was released in 1988, plays at a school party.See more »
[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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50 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Son of Rambow Movie Review, 5 April 2008
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from

A fairly straightforward story of friendship, rebellion, and creativity becomes an outlandish ride through comic absurdity thanks to a bevy of inventively eccentric characters clashing with the notions of order. A kid's movie with a mix of laugh-out-loud moments and weirdly clever ones, Son of Rambow plays out like an Eagle and Shark vs. Terabithia where unconventional morals collide with redeeming themes and several overactive imaginations.

Sheltered to the point of solitude by an overprotective mother and a smothering religion, young William (Bill Milner) resorts to expressing his creativity in elaborate illustrations in unlikely places. His diminutive world is forever changed when he crosses paths with school troublemaker Lee Carter, who bullies him into helping film an amateur action movie. Initially reluctant, his outlook changes after unintentionally viewing a bootlegged tape of First Blood. The explosive violence and unrestrained mayhem ignites Will's imagination, and an unlikely friendship forms when the mismatched duo set about making "Son of Rambow." The storyline follows a rather predictable progression, but what makes the film unique is the multitude of exaggerated stereotypes and off-the-wall characters. Will's heavily sheltered childhood has created an introvert desperate to escape the confines of his lifestyle, and he is alternately eccentric and sweetly innocent. Conniving and obnoxious terror Carter is contrary to Will in almost every way. Clearly a product of his disruptive upbringing, he rebels against authority as often as possible and scoffs at the idea of order. Both boys suffer from a common ailment – the lack of a father figure and a stable home, and watching their friendship grow is easily the most entertaining aspect of the film. Complementing these two are several conflicted characters whose eccentricities easily rival their own. Most notably is Didier, a French foreign exchange student whose outrageous style and attitude awes the English boys into forming a cult of followers. Even many of the teachers and the no-nonsense Brother Joshua seem infused with peculiar traits in their personalities.

While the most recognizable themes of staying true to one's heart and the bonds of friendship readily exist on the surface, more unconventional morals frequent the underlying story. In this offbeat tale of growing up, rebellion is viewed as comical and a necessary implement for combating the evils of order. Religion is shown as a suppressing tool of control, confining both creativity and imagination, as well as forbidding socializing with those outside the faith. Rarely in kid's movies do we see religion as the villain and rebellion the key to success.

Paralleling the overactive imaginations of youth, the fantastical characters and events are both the highlight of the film and it's only downside. So often the visuals and madcap occurrences will leave you torn between laughing out loud and raising an eyebrow in bewilderment. In the end, this refreshingly bizarre take on the delirium of growing up entertains with its unconventional characters and antics – plus, seeing a dead crow knock a kid off his bike never fails to amuse.

- Joel Massie

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