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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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airport | house | court | home | gate | See All (116) »

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The No. 1 Australian comedy that sticks it up the big guys. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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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Eric Bana's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Darryl, his QC and his solicitor are standing in front of the High Court, the building is clearly very modern. When they are inside, in the courtroom, the decor is obviously that of an older style building. See more »

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Federal Court Judge: And what Law are you basing this argument on?
Darryl Kerrigan: The Law of bloody common sense!
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Written by Rod Argent and Chris White
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By Arrangement with Sony Music Licwnsing
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Thoroughly charming characters, and superb detail.
5 January 2005 | by (vancouver, canada) – See all my reviews

The plot is very standard, predictable fare, and frankly, from what I'd heard through word of mouth, I was afraid that this would be a MIRAMAX formula feel good picture like "The Full Monty", or "Little Voice". Well, I'm very glad to be able to say that it isn't. This is the real thing, and it is the character of the family, all their quirks, and the small touches that makes this a great comedy. I have no doubt this will be a film that I'll revisit again and again. How many films do you see that, the next day a number of lines, and bits still playback in your head? If you like films like "This Is Spinal Tap", and the other Christopher Guest films, and like characters from "Fargo", I'd recommend "The Castle". It's a charming little gem.


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