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The Castle (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 7 May 1999 (USA)
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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Ordinary Family. Extraordinary Story. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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£116,374 (UK) (31 July 1998)

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$861,789 (USA) (9 July 1999)
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Final cinema film of John Lee. See more »

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Darrly Kerrigan is non smoker as identified when he receives a ash tray made by Wayne Kerrigan. as a gift for Fathers' day. However when Darrly is having his appeal heard, just before he meets Lawrence Hammill, he is clearly seen having a cigarette, later finishing and extinguishing the same cigarette before returning to the court room. 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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Referenced in Beyond Tomorrow: Episode #2.19 (2006) See more »

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Cherish
(1966)
Written by Terry Kirkman and Judith Kirkman
Performed by David Cassidy
Published by Beechwood Music Corp.
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Funnier than Spinal Tap?
23 July 2003 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

This is undoubtedly one of the funniest films ever made, and needs to be considered alongside This is Spinal Tap for consistent and enduring brilliance. That said, if (as another reviewer has said here) you haven't laughed after 5 minutes, just give up - it isn't for you.

While Tap has muted backhanded affection for heavy rock while simultaneously ripping into its absurdities, The Castle completely LOVES its characters as much as it makes them look utterly ridiculous. The entire cast are superb, there are a hundred quotable lines, and the simple story may seem clichéd, but is nevertheless executed to warm-hearted perfection. A special nod should go to Tiriel Mora as inept solicitor Dennis Denuto, who has the ability to make you cry with laughter on the 10th viewing.

No family has less taste or less of a clue about, well, anything than the Kerrigans. And yet by the end, there is no family you'd rather belong to.

This film, most definitely, is going straight to the pool room.


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