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The Castle (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 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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2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Tenney ...
Sophie Lee ...
Tiriel Mora ...
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 <G.Quinn@mailbox.uq.edu.au>

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It's not just a house... it's our home! See more »


Comedy | Drama

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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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Not really a review, rather a correction...
10 October 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Roland E Zwick felt compelled to write a rather scathing review of The Castle and how it failed to meet one major requirement for a comedy... it was not funny. Well, that is fine and I can accept the fact that maybe his idea of what constitutes humour is seemingly at odds with the vast majority of voters on IMDB, however I do think that he should get a few facts straight before he makes comments about so called influences he has attributed to this film. Roland stated:

""The Castle," a highly praised Australian farce, is a decidedly minor, lackluster and virtually laughless installment in the recently very popular genre known as the offbeat working class comedy. This vain attempt to mine the territory exploited so successfully a few years back in "The Full Monty," mistakes quirkiness for humor, so much so that it is not overstating it to say that there is nary a laugh in the film's entire (and blessedly brief) 84 minute running time."

Unfortunately, if Roland had bothered to do his homework just a little better, he would have noticed that "The Castle" released in Australia 10th April 1997 and the US 7th May 1997 does actually predate "The Full Monty" which was released in the UK on 27th October, in Australia on the 16th October 1997 and the US on the 13th August 1997. As this seemed to be something that affected his judgement (his use of the term "vain attempt" was a rather strong condemnation), I felt it was an error that needed to be put right.

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