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The Castle (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  7 May 1999 (USA)
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A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion.

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A Melbourne family is very happy living where they do, near the Melbourne airport (according to Jane Kennedy, it's "practically their back yard"). However, they are forced to leave their beloved home, by the Government and airport authorities. 'The Castle' is the story of how they fight to remain in their house, taking their case as far as the High Court. Written by Simon Quinn <G.Quinn@mailbox.uq.edu.au>

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It's every Australian family's dream. A quarter acre block. A Pool Room. A barbie. And an airport over the back fence. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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7 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az én házam, az én váram  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£116,374 (UK) (31 July 1998)

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$861,789 (USA) (9 July 1999)
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Trivia

On Miramax's US poster, writer/creator Santo Cilauro's name is misspelled "Cilaurio". See more »

Goofs

When the characters have their final appeal to the High Court of Australia, it is before 5 Justices. However in reality, when a constitutional dispute is brought before the High Court, all 7 Justices will sit (known as the Full Bench). See more »

Quotes

Federal Court Judge: And what Law are you basing this argument on?
Darryl Kerrigan: The Law of bloody common sense!
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References Hey Hey, It's Saturday (1971) See more »

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We've Only Just Begun
(1970)
Performed by Kate Ceberano
Music by Roger Nichols
Lyrics by Paul Williams
© Irving Music Inc.
Used by permission of Rondor Music Australia Pty Ltd
Kate Ceberano appears courtesy of Mushroom Records
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In praise of low-key brilliance
24 June 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies, like "This Is Spinal Tap", that appears to aim low but taps into a certain subculture so precisely that it is elevated into something wonderful.

As a pom living in Sydney, I always insist that all overseas visitors watch this film in order to "get" Australia and Australians. The Kerrigan family are easy to mock, but qualities of togetherness, moral courage, unpretentiousness and un-PC earthiness embody a great strand of the national character and warm them to us.

Most of all, though, The Castle is just plain funny. You'll find yourself using the catchphrases over and over again, and you'll smile every time you do it. It's just one of those films. A classic.


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