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The Castle (1997)

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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:
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Lynda Gibson ...
John Benton ...
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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 <>

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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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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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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 »


Dennis Denuto: It's the vibe of the thing, your Honour.
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Hilarious one liners and self deprecating humor.
14 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was quite a surprise, and a pleasant one at that. To be honest, I would probably never have rented nor watched this movie if broadcast, based on the amateurish look of the video cover and the ads. My reaction to it, before seeing it was that it was another movie slapped together to piggyback onto the success of another movie with the same actor/director/theme etc.etc. while the fire was hot. But, a friend borrowed it from the library, and the video was sitting there, so I decided to watch it. Was I happily surprised! The one liners make this movie, if you pay attention and catch them all, this movie has many a belly laugh. It was true to life too, I KNOW these people, whether they come from Australia or Arkansas, they're out there, and this is their reality.

Remove the accents, put a few non working appliances in the front yard, a car up on cinder blocks, and you have the American version. A very nice surprise for me, if you like humor that doesn't insult your intellect, you'll like this movie. Many a memorable line in it too.

I would disagree with others who have commented on the profanity in this movie. In this case there is very little profanity for profanity's sake, it's usually very well timed and ads to the storyline, like when he passes the barrister the note in court.

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