Son of Rambow

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As the summer sun shines down on England in the early 1980s, two boys who couldn't be more different are brought together by a mutual love of cinema and a desire to emulate their favorite action movie icon. Will Proudfoot Bill Milner is a well-mannered schoolboy being raised in an ultra-religious community that deplores such corruptive distractions as television and seeks to maintain its purity by severely limiting contact with the outside world. In order to exorcise his creative inner demons, Will has taken to ...
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As the summer sun shines down on England in the early 1980s, two boys who couldn't be more different are brought together by a mutual love of cinema and a desire to emulate their favorite action movie icon. Will Proudfoot Bill Milner is a well-mannered schoolboy being raised in an ultra-religious community that deplores such corruptive distractions as television and seeks to maintain its purity by severely limiting contact with the outside world. In order to exorcise his creative inner demons, Will has taken to sketching imaginative drawings and complex illustrations. Lee Carter Will Poulter is the school terror, a rampaging hellion whose overaggressive behavior has made him an endless source of frustration to the faculty, and a source of fear to his fellow classmates. As fate would have it, Will is in the school hallway avoiding exposure to the classroom television when a fed-up teacher ejects Lee from the classroom. Though at first it appears as if Lee is about to torment timid Will just as he does the rest of the student body, the two form a tight bond after Will convinces Lee to view a bootleg copy of Rambo: First Blood. When Lee informs Will that he wants to shoot a homebrewed version of the violent action film for an upcoming amateur filmmaking contest, a sudden streak of rebellion prompts his sheltered classmate to readily agree. As the summer wears on the two boys set out to create the ultimate no-budget action movie, but their grand vision hits an unexpected hitch when a busload of French exchange students arrive at the school and the leader of the pack attempts to hijack the production.
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Special Features

Commentary by the director, producer and cast; "Aron" - Garth Jennings's original short film that inspired Son of Rambow; The making of Son of Rambow
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Falling somewhere between Neil Jordan's The Butcher Boy and Danny Boyle's Millions, but perhaps better than both, Son of Rambow is an exuberant portrait of two young boys whose overactive imaginations compensate for their impoverished family lives. But comparing Son of Rambow to any previous film tends to underplay the originality of Garth Jennings' achievement. It's a period piece, set during the 1982 theatrical run of First Blood, Sylvester Stallone's initial film appearance as John Rambo, and at a time when Depeche Mode and Culture Club were first popular in England. But the dreamy production design allows the film to feel timeless. To boost the fantasy quotient on a story that otherwise adheres to realism, Jennings has included a variety of wild camera angles, unobtrusive digital tricks and exaggerated sound effects, this last thanks to a trio of accomplished sound designers. The soul of this story needs no bells and whistles. The lead child actors, Bill Milner and Will Poulter, are each highly convincing portraying their characters: the gentle introvert without a father from a cultish religious family, and the rambunctious scoundrel whose lack of parental supervision has made him what he is. Their odd-couple pairing fuels the wondrous adventure of filming a Rambo sequel, which they hope will win a nationwide young filmmaker contest. There was the potential for this material to come across as twee, given the cast of mostly children and the bravura production design. But cuteness never defines these young actors, as Jennings coaxes a certain archness out of them. Jennings keeps things on an eccentric path, especially by following the popularity of the achingly hip French exchange student Jules Sitruk. Son of Rambow's ambitions -- to praise the healing power of loyalty and friendship -- are ultimately modest. It's the vibrant journey that's so joyous.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • UPC: 097363518549
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Milner Will Proudfoot
Will Poulter Lee Carter
Jules Sitruk Didier
Jessica Stevenson Mary Proudfoot
Neil Dudgeon Joshua
Anna Wing
Ed Westwick
Adam Godley
Adam Buxton
Eric Sykes
Charlie Thrift
Technical Credits
Garth Jennings Director, Screenwriter
Bristol Baughan Executive Producer, Producer
Christian Baute Associate Producer
Harriet Cawley Costumes/Costume Designer
Joel Collins Production Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Ben Goldhirsh Executive Producer, Producer
Nick Goldsmith Producer
Jess Hall Cinematographer
Paul Heasman Animator
Olivier Dô Húu Sound/Sound Designer
Dominic Leung Editor
Peter Nadermann Associate Producer
Robyn Paiba Art Director
Hengameh Panahi Executive Producer, Producer
Joseph Park-Stracey Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Reilhac Associate Producer
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Joby Talbot Score Composer
Nathalie Tissier Makeup
Meinolf Zurhorst Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Son of Rambow
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Son of Rambow
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: Español
      Commentary With Director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith, and Cast Members Bill Milner and Will Poulter
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Commentary With Director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith, and Cast Members Bill Milner and Will Poulter
      Boys Will Be Boys: The Making of Son of Rambow
      Garth's Short Film "Aron"
      Son of Rambow Website Winner
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Well worn Kid movie material but good

    One boy gets sent to the hallway during class for disruption and another sits in the hallway because his religion forbids television, including Earth Science videos at school. An unlikely friendship emerges from this hallway encounter and the two, both fatherless, create a bond over the infactuation of First Blood (A Syllvester Stallone Rambo flick). Realizing a common love for the Stallone action flick they decide to create a movie for BBC Amateur Film contest based on the First Blood called the Son of Rambow.

    Loosely based on the film-making experiences of Director Garth Jennings in his youth, Son of Rambow has some well worn kid movie cliche that surprisingly works well. Thanks in large part to the child actor leads, Bill Milner and Will Poulter. Apparently the only other acting these two youngsters have done were school plays. The 80s motif of the film supported by the score/80s soundtrack give Son of Rambow a different flavor compared to other kid flicks. Lighthearted and full of mischief I give it an enjoyable grade of a B =]

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