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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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Rob Sitch

Writers:

Santo Cilauro (written and conceived by), Tom Gleisner (written and conceived by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caton ... Darryl Kerrigan
Anne Tenney Anne Tenney ... Sal Kerrigan
Stephen Curry ... Dale Kerrigan
Anthony Simcoe ... Steve Kerrigan
Sophie Lee Sophie Lee ... Tracey Kerrigan
Wayne Hope ... Wayne Kerrigan
Tiriel Mora ... Dennis Denuto
Eric Bana ... Con Petropoulous
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Lawrence Hammill
Robyn Nevin ... Federal Court Judge
Costas Kilias ... Farouk
Bryan Dawe Bryan Dawe ... Ron Graham
Monty Maizels Monty Maizels ... Jack
Lynda Gibson Lynda Gibson ... Evonne
John Benton John Benton ... Mr. Lyle
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"This is going straight to the pool room" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az én házam, az én váram See more »

Filming Locations:

Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,452, 9 May 1999

Gross USA:

$877,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$877,621
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Bana's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Dennis Denuto dictates a letter, takes a tape out of the dictaphone, puts the tape in the tape player, pushes the "Play" button and starts typing. He didn't rewind the tape first. See more »

Quotes

Dale Kerrigan: Dad reckons fishing is 10% brains and 95% muscle, the rest is just good luck.
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Alternate Versions

After some mixed sneak previews, distributor Miramax ordered some changes to the film's dialogue for the USA release and a new music score. Two noticeable differences in the US version in respect to the Australian version:
  • They call the rissoles 'meatloaf'.
  • Dale's narration changes the line "Tracey was the only one in our house with a tertiary education" to "Tracey was the only one in our house with a college education".
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Featured in 20 to 1: 50 to 01: Great Movie One Liners (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, Now That I've Found You
(1967)
Performed by Alison Krauss
Written by Roger Nichols (uncredited) and Tony Macaulay (uncredited)
Courtesy of Larriken Entertainment Pty Ltd
Album: Now That I've Found You
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Thoroughly charming characters, and superb detail.
5 January 2005 | by un_samouraiSee all my reviews

The plot is very standard, predictable fare, and frankly, from what I'd heard through word of mouth, I was afraid that this would be a MIRAMAX formula feel good picture like "The Full Monty", or "Little Voice". Well, I'm very glad to be able to say that it isn't. This is the real thing, and it is the character of the family, all their quirks, and the small touches that makes this a great comedy. I have no doubt this will be a film that I'll revisit again and again. How many films do you see that, the next day a number of lines, and bits still playback in your head? If you like films like "This Is Spinal Tap", and the other Christopher Guest films, and like characters from "Fargo", I'd recommend "The Castle". It's a charming little gem.


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