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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.

Director:

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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There's no place like this home! See more »

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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

Originally made to raise money for the later Australian film "The Dish". See more »

Goofs

In the background, either side of viewing Sal's lampshade, a packet of Smith's chips is visible. Before we see the lampshade, the chip packet is facing backwards, after the scene, the packet is facing forwards. See more »

Quotes

Darryl Kerrigan: Dale dug a hole. Tell 'em Dale.
Dale Kerrigan: I dug a hole.
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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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Referenced in Dying Breed (2008) See more »

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Tequila
(1958)
Written by Chuck Río
Performed by The Champs
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs/Powerforce Music
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Masters International
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Going to Bonnie Doon!
22 February 2001 | by tim thiekeSee all my reviews

I loved this movie! My family loved it. My friends loved it. My co-workers loved it. Even though none of us have ever been to Australia we somehow all managed to understand about 99% of the humor in this very funny and lovable film. As perplexing as this may seem to some of the Americans who didn't like it, or give it half a chance, one only needs a rudimentary knowledge of Australian culture or a modicum of intelligence about life outside the US to enjoy The Castle.

Yes, the Kerrigans are tacky. Yes, they are not the brightest people on God's earth. And no one is going to accuse Darryl Kerrigan of having an eye for real estate. But they are decent folk who look out for one another and their friends, and for this reason we come to root for them. Refreshingly, the movie gets big laughs from its quirky characters and not from crude sight gags like some movies I could mention.

Who cares if it didn't play well in the States? "This is Spinal Tap" didn't do well at the box office either, and it's one of the funniest films ever made. "The Castle", for me, goes down as one of the funniest films of the 1990's.

"How much do jousting sticks go for, Dad? Not more than 250."


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