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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Tenney ...
Sophie Lee ...
Tiriel Mora ...
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Lawrence Hammill
Federal Court Judge
Costas Kilias ...
Bryan Dawe ...
Ron Graham
Monty Maizels ...
Lynda Gibson ...
John Benton ...
Mr. Lyle


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 <>

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They want to extend the airport... But the Kerrigans won't belt up. See more »



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az én házam, az én váram  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£116,374 (UK) (31 July 1998)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Final cinema film of John Lee. See more »


The scenes that are supposedly inside the High Court of Australia (Federal court located in Canberra) are actually filmed inside the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Victorian Coat-of-Arms are visible behind the judges. See more »


Dale Kerrigan: Dad reckons fishing is 10% brains and 95% muscle, the rest is just good luck.
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References Twister (1996) See more »


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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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