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Son of Rambow (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 23 May 2008 (USA)
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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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... Joshua
... Will Proudfoot
... Mary Proudfoot (as Jessica Stevenson)
Anna Wing ... Grandma
... Lee Carter
... Jess Proudfoot
Emilie Chesnais ... French Teacher (as Emile Chesnais)
... Geography Teacher
Finola McMahon ... Gail Graham
Rachel Mureatroyd ... Marie Plante
Taylor Richardson ... David Smart
Peter Robinson ... Lucas Dupont
Charlie Thrift ... Duncan Miller
... Didier Revol
Sam Kubrick-Finney ... Danny
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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)  »

Also Known As:

El hijo de Rambow  »

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Box Office

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£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£897,089 (United Kingdom), 6 April 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,789, 4 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,784,769, 10 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 brick wall at school shakes when Didier's entourage shakes Lee against it. (According to director Garth Jennings at 58:10 in the DVD commentary, it was a fake wall built by the production when the screenplay called for action in a narrow corridor.) 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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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits Carter's voice-over says, "By the way, you spelled the title slightly wrong; there's no 'w' in Rambo". Will replies, "Oh, okay" and Carter then says, "It's still good though". See more »

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Referenced in My Life Is a Video (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Wait
Written by John Smith (as John Robert Smith)
Performed by Nu Shooz
Licensed courtesy of Rhino UK
Published by Poolside Music
Courtesy of High Fashion Music - Beat that Music Limited (IMG), UK
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Much better than the trailer - heart warming and lovable
23 March 2008 | by 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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