The Castle (movie)

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The Castle
Directed byRob Sitch
Produced byWorking Dog Productions
Written bySanto Cilauro
Tom Gleisner
Jane Kennedy
Rob Sitch
StarringMichael Caton,
Anne Tenney,
Stephen Curry
Eric Bana
Distributed byVillage Roadshow (AU)
Miramax Films (USA)
United International Pictures Ltd. (UK)
RVC Film Distribution (Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg)
Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (Switzerland)
Release date
10 April 1997
Running time
83 minutes
CountryAustralia Australia
LanguageEnglish
BudgetAUD$750,000

The Castle is a 1997 Australian movie which was popular in Australia. Some people outside Australia did not understand some of the humour. The Castle starred Michael Caton and Anne Tenney and was filmed in Melbourne, Australia.

The Castle was made in 11 days for about AUD$750,000.[1] Some people have said that The Castle is a very simple movie because it was filmed cheaply and quickly. However, fans of the movie generally appreciate it because it is a good movie that was made on a low budget.

Plot[change | change source]

The story is about the Kerrigan family, who have been living in their home—their "castle"—for years. Their house is next to the local airport. The airport wants the Kerrigans to move so that they can build a new building on the Kerrigans' land. Darryl Kerrigan is the father. He does not want to leave his house, so he fights the airport in court. At first he loses in court because his lawyer is not very good. Then he meets a very good lawyer (a Queen's Counsel). The Queen's Counsel argues very well and the Kerrigans can keep their house.

The Castle is funny to Australians because the movie is about ordinary people. They are not rich or stylish, but they are good people. Australians like the idea of "the little Aussie battler", someone who is hard-working even when life is tough. The movie title is named for the English saying, which is said many time during the movie, "A man's home is his castle." The movie also talks about the land rights movement of the Australian Aborigines. Darryl Kerrigan compares his problem to the Aboriginals problems about land. The movie talks about famous Australian Constitutional Law Cases, like Mabo and the Tasmanian Dams Case.

Cast[change | change source]

Quotes[change | change source]

It is common in Australia to humorously quote lines from "The Castle". Some of the most popular of these are:

  • What do you call this? (in reference to obvious items)
  • Tell 'em they're dreaming!
  • A man's home is his castle.
  • It's not a house, it's a home.
  • Dale dug a hole.
  • That is going straight to the Pool Room.
  • How's the serenity? So much serenity!
  • It's what you do with it.
  • It's the vibe.

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Castle, The: Poolroom Edition (1997)". michaeldvd.com.au. Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 1 December 2010.