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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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They want to extend the airport... But the Kerrigans won't belt up. See more »

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Also Known As:

Az én házam, az én váram  »

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£116,374 (UK) (31 July 1998)

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$861,789 (USA) (9 July 1999)
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The shooting schedule was cut from from 20 to 11 days - the number of days the filmmakers could afford to feed the cast and crew. 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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Wayne Kerrigan: How's Mum?
Dale Kerrigan: Good.
Wayne Kerrigan: How's Dad?
Dale Kerrigan: Good.
Wayne Kerrigan: How's Trace?
Dale Kerrigan: Good.
Wayne Kerrigan: How are you?
Dale Kerrigan: Good.
Wayne Kerrigan: How's Steve?
Dale Kerrigan: He's all right.
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References Twister (1996) See more »

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We've Only Just Begun
(1970)
Performed by Kate Ceberano
Music by Roger Nichols
Lyrics by Paul Williams
© Irving Music Inc.
Used by permission of Rondor Music Australia Pty Ltd
Kate Ceberano appears courtesy of Mushroom Records
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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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