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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).

Director:

Garth Jennings

Writer:

Garth Jennings
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Cast

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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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and reckless behavior | See all certifications »

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Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

UK | France | Germany | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hijo de Rambow See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£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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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

When Will is gets the stew pot out of the oven, he places it on the table using a cloth with two pockets. In the next shot, from behind, he takes the lid off with his bare hand. In the next shot, from the front, he holds the lid with a cloth. 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

Referenced in My Life Is a Video (2012) 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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16 March 2008 | by davidlemon73See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this film as it's very much the era I grew up in.

I too wanted to send a film for 'Screen Test' (an 80s UK film quiz show for children's TV with a regular slot for home-made films) though I didn't get tosee Sly eating snakes and stitching up his arm till much later.

I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint at all. The performances were wonderful (especially the young leads) and as well as having more than its fair share of laugh out loud moments, there's a real warmth and emotional truth to this story of friendship, growing up and blowing stuff up.

I really hope 'Son Of Rambow' is the hit it deserves to be.


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