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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Garth Jennings

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Garth Jennings
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... Joshua
Bill Milner ... Will Proudfoot
Jessica Hynes ... Mary Proudfoot (as Jessica Stevenson)
Anna Wing Anna Wing ... Grandma
Will Poulter ... Lee Carter
Tallulah Evans ... Jess Proudfoot
Emilie Chesnais Emilie Chesnais ... French Teacher (as Emile Chesnais)
Paul Ritter ... Geography Teacher
Finola McMahon Finola McMahon ... Gail Graham
Rachel Mureatroyd Rachel Mureatroyd ... Marie Plante
Taylor Richardson Taylor Richardson ... David Smart
Peter Robinson Peter Robinson ... Lucas Dupont
Charlie Thrift Charlie Thrift ... Duncan Miller
Jules Sitruk ... Didier Revol
Sam Kubrick-Finney 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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Trivia

Director Garth Jennings says that the round yellow sticker on the back seat of the bicycle Will Proudfoot rides to take Lee Carter home from school was used by the studio Props Department to designate that this prop was reserved for a shoot, but the film crew had neglected to remove it. 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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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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Wages of Fear (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Lips Are Sealed
Written by Terry Hall (as Hall) and Jane Wiedlin (as Wiedlin)
Performed by Fun Boy Three
Published by Plangent Visions Music, Inc.(ASCAP), Universal Music - BMG Songs (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Lt.
Under License From EMI Music Marketing
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Almost Perfect
3 April 2008 | by mrwoodz511See 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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Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Rambow See more »

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Budget:

GBP4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,789, 4 May 2008

Gross USA:

$1,785,505

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,871,449
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