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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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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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airport | house | court | home | gate | See All (116) »

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

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Az én házam, az én váram  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£116,374 (UK) (31 July 1998)

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$861,789 (USA) (9 July 1999)
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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 »

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In the Federal court, council for Airlink refer to the Kerrigans as the Respondent when in fact they would be the Appellant, appealing the decision from the Administrative tribunal. See more »

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Dale Kerrigan: If Dad is the backbone, Mum is the other bones. All of 'em.
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Baby, Now That I've Found You
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Written by Roger Nichols (uncredited) and Tony Macaulay (uncredited)
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Album: Now That I've Found You
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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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