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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It's not just a house... it's our home! 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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Did You Know?


The family was named Kerrigan so the filmmakers could borrow trucks from an actual tow-truck company, Kerrigan's Towing. See more »


In the background, either side of viewing Sal's lampshade, a packet of Smith's chips is visible. Before we see the lampshade, the chip packet is facing backwards, after the scene, the packet is facing forwards. See more »


Darryl Kerrigan: Tell him he's dreaming
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Make It With You
Written by David Gates
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Published by Colgems-EMI Music Inc.
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Absolutely brilliant movie - definitely my all-time favourite comedy.
17 February 2005 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I just loved everything about this movie. This is how comedy films should be made. It's just a really beautifully scripted and perfectly acted film and there are just so many extremely funny scenes in it that it's hard to pick out a favourite.

It would have been so easy to ruin this movie by overacting, as happens in many American comedies, but everybody gets it just right and the end result is that rare thing - a perfect movie! The Kerrigan family home is under threat from the local airport authorities who want to use the land their house is built on to extend the airport. Their father, Darryl Kerrigan, played brilliantly by Michael Caton, vows to fight them all the way and engages a local lawyer, Dennis Denuto (played by Tiriel Mora), to help him fight the case in the courts. Unfortunately, the lawyer is a small-time criminal defender who has no knowledge of property rights or constitutional law - but this doesn't bother Darryl since he has complete faith in Dennis' ability to save his home.

The film follows the Kerrigans battles through the various courts and contains some of the funniest and most heart-warming courtroom scenes that I've ever seen. Everyone should see this movie!

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