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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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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Travis: In the teachers lounge, the Scottish band are sitting at the table, dressed in the same costumes as the ones they wore in their music video for 'Driftwood', in which they also play teachers. Hammer & Tongs produced the video. See more »

Goofs

When Will watches the pirated version of First Blood, the cinema curtains open on the film's opening credits. In 1983, all films screened in British cinemas started with the British Board of Film Classification's certificate just before the start of the film. If Lee started recording after the certificate was displayed, the curtains would've been open when the opening credits began. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Performed by Gary Numan
(P) 1979 Beggars Banquet Records Limited
Written by Gary Numan
Published by Momentum Music Ltd./Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Taken from the album "Premier Hits" BBL 2007CD
Licensed courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
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Engaging and hilarious
17 April 2008 | by Robert_WoodwardSee all my reviews

Son of Rambow, set in 1980's England, tells the story of two young schoolboys making a home-video addition to the Rambo series. This promising theme gives rise to one of the most hilarious comedies in recent cinema, memorable not only for countless laugh-out-loud moments but also for its engaging and unexpectedly moving story.

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) and Lee Carter (Will Poulter) are a chalk and cheese pairing, thrown together by chance after being summoned to detention at school. Will, from a fatherless family in the grip of the austerely religious Brethren, is a heart-warmingly polite boy harbouring a boundlessly artistic imagination; Carter, from a parentless household, is a lonely rebel with a total lack of respect for everyone except his astoundingly self-absorbed brother, marvellously played by Ed Westwick. And yet, following their chance encounter, the situation where naïve and amiable Will is exploited by sharp-witted and seemingly cynical Carter is replaced by mounting empathy and friendship between the two, alternately spurred and severed by their family backgrounds and their turbulent film-making.

The two leads are remarkable debut actors, making the story touching and believable and realising the film's comic potential. Poulter is hilarious in the role of Carter, delivering stinging wit and outraged putdowns with aplomb. The shooting of the film provides some hysterical contrasts between grown-up pretensions and childlike absurdity, with gun-battle sequences ripped straight from 'Rambo: First Blood' interspersed with footage of a flying dog attack.

The overlapping secondary story, portraying the school-playground infatuation with the New Wave style of French exchange student Didier, is also a rich seam of humour; the stinging parody of teenage culture culminates in Will and Carter's visit to the school common room, populated by posing, pogoing teens. The supporting cast of adults also includes some fine comic actors, including Jessica Stevenson (notably of TV comedy Spaced) and Adam (of the Adam and Joe Show fame).

Writer-director Garth Jennings skilfully weaves together the overlapping worlds of children, teenagers and adults in this film with excellent dialogue and cinematography. The camera-work is striking in many places, particularly the opening montage of front gardens, with Lee riding his bike past and casually causing havoc. The film also benefits from its bubbly soundtrack, composed by Joby Talbot. This is a superb comedy and definitely the best Rambo film ever.


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23 May 2008 (USA) 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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