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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
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

The ambulance that brings Lee Carter to the movie theatre has a Road Tax disc, valid for 1 year, that expires in February 2008, and an E registration number plate (license plate) from 1987-88. Many modern cars are in the background, including a 1990's Renault Laguna and a 2001 Vauxhall Combo van. 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

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 »

Connections

References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Close to Me - Remix
Performed by The Cure
Courtesy of Polydor Records UK Ltd./Elektra Entertainment Group
Written by Robert Smith
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division
Part of the Universal Music Group
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Published by BMG Music Publishing
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I'll Pray for you Lee Carter
18 May 2008 | by David FergusonSee all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The Sundance favorite is finally making the rounds and I found this to be a very entertaining and charming film, despite its relative simplicity.

A semi-autobiographical piece from writer/director Garth Jennings ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"), the film focuses on the escapades of two young boys making a movie. Along the way, many topics are addressed ... family, religion, friendship, loyalty, idol-worship, etc.

Bill Milner (as Will Proudfoot) and Will Poulter (as Lee Carter) are the newcomers who play the boys. Poulter is a near reincarnation of River Phoenix as Chris Chambers ("Stand By Me") as he carries so much bottled up emotion stemming from his longing for attention. Milner's character is the more sensitive, creative type being suffocated by his family's religion. Quite a pair.

As a commentary on film and celebrity, the two boy's world is rocked when their film-making is discovered. Now everyone wants a piece including the French exchange student, Didier, played hysterically well by Jules Sitruk. Character issues to follow!

The boys are so endearing that most kids would enjoy the film and certainly most adults who were still growing up in the 80's will get a kick out of it.


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