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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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The No. 1 Australian comedy that sticks it up the big guys. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$861,789, 11 July 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2018 the house used to film "The Castle" was set to be demolished on more then one occasion but something stopped both council and demolition crews, mainly due to backlash to leave the house alone, and that it should be left alone because the movie is an Aussie classic.. 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

Darryl Kerrigan: Now here back: all landfill. Not allowed to build there.
Council Officer: Has the soil been tested?
Darryl Kerrigan: Oh yeah, nothing too serious in there... what do you know about lead?
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Alternate Versions

In the US version, the reference to the Australian TV show 'Hey Hey it's Saturday' has been removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #9.1 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Make It With You
(1970)
Written by David Gates
Performed by Bread
Published by Colgems-EMI Music Inc.
Courtesy of Elwktra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Funnier than Spinal Tap?
23 July 2003 | by guyrowlandukSee all my reviews

This is undoubtedly one of the funniest films ever made, and needs to be considered alongside This is Spinal Tap for consistent and enduring brilliance. That said, if (as another reviewer has said here) you haven't laughed after 5 minutes, just give up - it isn't for you.

While Tap has muted backhanded affection for heavy rock while simultaneously ripping into its absurdities, The Castle completely LOVES its characters as much as it makes them look utterly ridiculous. The entire cast are superb, there are a hundred quotable lines, and the simple story may seem clichéd, but is nevertheless executed to warm-hearted perfection. A special nod should go to Tiriel Mora as inept solicitor Dennis Denuto, who has the ability to make you cry with laughter on the 10th viewing.

No family has less taste or less of a clue about, well, anything than the Kerrigans. And yet by the end, there is no family you'd rather belong to.

This film, most definitely, is going straight to the pool room.


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