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Son Of Rambow [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jules Sitruk
  • Directors: Garth Jennings
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017PQEHA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Acclaimed comedy, set in the early 1980s, about two mismatched schoolfriends who decide to make a film. Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is the ten-year-old 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 mixed with the other 'worldlies', listened to music or watched television. Then he meets Lee Carter (Will Poulter), school terror and budding auteur. Lee exposes Will to a pirate copy of 'Rambo: First Blood' and, from that moment, Will's world is changed forever. When Lee tells Will that he wants to make a home movie version of the violent action film for an upcoming amateur film competition, the newly rebellious Will jumps at the chance to be actor and stuntman. As the summer rolls on the two boys set out to create the ultimate no-budget blockbuster, but their grand vision is threatened when Didier Revol (Jules Sitruk), the leader of a group of French exchange students, attempts to hijack proceedings...

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The clue to what Son Of Rambow is about is all in the title, minus that W, of course (which presumably keeps the lawyers at bay). For it’s the story of two young boys who, after watching Sylvester Stallone in action, decide that they can make a home movie addition to the Rambo saga, and ultimately set about to do just that.

This proves to be an inspired platform for one of the best British comedies of recent years. Directed by Garth Jennings (who also helmed the big screen adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), Son Of Rambow is actually at heart the exploration of a friendship between two young boys in the 1980s, and the highs and lows that go along with it.

Most, but not all, of the chuckles come from the reimagining of Rambo (replete with stunts and plenty of action), but Son Of Rambow also packs in some poignant, affecting drama without ever feeling like it’s in any way overstaying its welcome. And with a musical backing that catches the flavour of the 80s pretty much perfectly, this is a treat of a movie, and a very British one at that. Don’t miss it. --Jon Foster

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By C. MacLellan VINE VOICE on 6 July 2008
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The 1980s gave us the world many things - yuppies, shoulder pads, the Falklands War, and for the purposes of this review, the children's TV show Screen Test. One of the first `reality shows', it allowed kids to send their own short films into the programme, to compete against other kids, to win a plasticy, trophy thing - and more importantly, appear on TV.

So, after sneaking into a showing of First Blood, wild child Lee Carter (Will Poluter) decides he's going to win the Screen Test competition by making his own version of the Sly Stallone feature. Following a chance meeting in the school corridor, he manages to rope in the help of Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) as his leading man, throwing him into lakes and sending him flying into pits of tar. However, Will's new found pastime does not go down well with his mother (Jessica Hynes), as her family are part of the Brethren, a group which forbids it's members from watching films or television, in an attempt to insulate itself from the outside world. Although the two boys come from completely different backgrounds, both are loners, and in each other, find their `blood brother'.

The baby of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy director Garth Jennings, Son of Rambow is a semi-autobiographical account of the director's childhood. The film is a homage to the 1980s which Jennings grew up in, similar to that seen in Shane Meadow's This Is England. From the music of Depeche Mode, to the language used ("Skill" as in "Skill on toast"), right down to the minute details, such as the guide-dog-shaped charity collection boxes outside the supermarket, Jennings is transporting many of his viewers back to the age they grew up in.
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Basically, this film is almost a snapshot of my life in the early 80s - except my family weren't in a strict religious order, and I didn't live in a nursing home.

SKILL!

My wife, who was never a young boy and didn't grow up in England and she gave it five stars too, so there.

Scratch my blue beard indeed.
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The idea doesnt seem interestinmg and could be forgettable but the cast of kids and the touching premise of unlikely friendship works so well and also being set in the early 80's captures the time period perfectly. Will Poulter has gone on to bigger things now but this shows how good he is being a problem child but having charm as well and im sure many can relate to knowing someone like him when we were kids.
So a well above average gem that adults and teenagers can enjoy.
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A delightful British-Movie telling the story of two lads who form an unlikely friendship 'Will Proudfoot' (Bill Milner)
a timid boy who's led a sheltered life at home in a religious environment not even having access to a T.V
'Lee Carter' (Will Poulter) a complete opposite of 'Will' he's a trouble-maker at School, he's a bully and indeed a
petty thief, he even video's movies in the local cinema to 'pirate' and sell-on, the latest 'First Blood'
'Lee' has a dream to make his own video which he hopes to enter in 'A Screen Test' competition run by the BBC.
'Will' is made to feel obliged by 'Lee' to do his bidding, and whist at 'Lee's' home he gets to see the downloaded
'Rambo' movie.
Well, this leaves a lasting impression upon 'Will' he begins to fantasize about the movie becoming quite obsessed,
because he'd never seen a movie, he now imagines himself as 'The Son of RanboW' and begins to draw stories he's
imagined in his book (in fact a Bible)
'Lee' catches sight of the story-lines and decides to build his 'movie' around them with the, at first reluctant participation
of 'Will' ......though he does warm to the idea as a friendship begins to develop.
However, a student-exchange program introduces a 'cool' French Student upon the scene who is admired by many of
the schools students, when the new-comer gets wind of the movie and the story line from 'Will's' drawings he wants in on
the action as do many of the students, however, 'Lee' feels he's lost control of his vision, it's been gate-crashed by others,
and begins to feel sidelined............will the friendship formed by 'Lee' and 'Will' prevail.
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I have just seen this film at the cinema. Its an excellent period film set in the 1980s about a friendship which crosses to completely different backgrounds. The acting from the two boys is superb and the clever humour throughout kept me laughing. The pace is good so you dont get bored and there are some truly memorable moments (I wont spoil by saying what they are!) which had me in tears of laughter. The ending is cheesy but definitely well done and there are some true moments of emotion which really strike a chord. I would thoroughly recommend this film, particularly if you liked "This is England" and I will certainly buy it when it comes out.
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This Film is a must. it is a bit slow to start off but once it gets going boy is it great. My Autistic son absolutely loved it and went to see it another time.
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