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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The No. 1 Australian comedy that sticks it up the big guys. 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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The family was named Kerrigan so the filmmakers could borrow trucks from an actual tow-truck company, Kerrigan's Towing. See more »


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 »


Darryl Kerrigan: This is going straight to the pool room.
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Referenced in Dying Breed (2008) See more »


Baby, Now That I've Found You
Performed by Alison Krauss
Written by Roger Nichols (uncredited) and Tony Macaulay (uncredited)
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Album: Now That I've Found You
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Brilliant Australian film
8 October 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Of all the excellent comedies the vastly underrated Australian film industry makes, this is the only one which I insist that every single friend I make from overseas must watch.

This is the quintessential Aussie film - a simple story about a family trying to keep things the way they are, not afraid to have a go at those in power who think they would like to "develop" these people. It's brilliant.

Basic plot: The Kerrigan household is a happy one, but a knock on the door one day changes that. Faced with a compulsory acquisition notice, the family's patriarch decides to take on the system, and to prove for once and for all that a man's home is his castle.

The jokes are funny, but are very Aussie-centric. I'm really surprised at the amount of positive feedback in these reviews from non Aussies, I've always felt that this is one movie which requires a 'native speakin' translator' if you are to get all the jokes! (And tend to recommend overseas folk watch The Dish, made by the same film team but is far more accessible and wider in scope than the very narrowly aimed Castle, which is really just driven by Australian humour, language and colloquialisms).

A true gem, very vibrant movie. For anyone who grew up in a similar location (not next to an airport, but in a 'bogan', working class suburb or small town) it will remind you of so many things you saw as a child. Profanity? Get over it, that's how we talk!

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