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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Darryl Kerrigan
Anne Tenney ... Sal Kerrigan
... Dale Kerrigan
... Steve Kerrigan
Sophie Lee ... Tracey Kerrigan
... Wayne Kerrigan
... Dennis Denuto
... Con Petropoulous
... Lawrence Hammill
... Federal Court Judge
... Farouk
Bryan Dawe ... Ron Graham
Monty Maizels ... Jack
Lynda Gibson ... Evonne
John Benton ... Mr. Lyle
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$29,452, 9 May 1999, Limited Release

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$861,789, 11 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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Farouk: You have friend, I have friend. My friend go to your house, put bomb under your car and blow you to fucking sky!
Darryl Kerrigan: What did he do?
Farouk: He get scared and he leave!
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.61 (2016) See more »

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Cherish
(1966)
Written by Terry Kirkman and Judith Kirkman
Performed by David Cassidy
Published by Beechwood Music Corp.
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Thoroughly charming characters, and superb detail.
5 January 2005 | by See 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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