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The Castle 1997

Amazon Instant Video

(121) IMDb 7.8/10

Ordinary family. Extraordinary story.

Starring:
Michael Caton,Anne Tenney
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, International, Comedy
Director Rob Sitch
Starring Michael Caton, Anne Tenney
Supporting actors Stephen Curry
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mia Davies on 26 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
To say this is a feel good film is rather an understatement... A fabulously funny and poignant script, wonderfully overstated performances, an ending that leaves you bursting with happiness and, of course, catchphrases a-plenty...
When I first saw this film, I had no expectations - all I knew was that my friend told me I'd love it. He was right. And every time I see it, I only love the Kerrigan family & friends all the more. The narrator, Dale, with his simplistically positive view on life; the great ‘Aussie Battler’ Daryl, whose love for his family, his home and his wife’s cooking is unsurpassed; lawyer Dennis Denuto (as seen on TV) who gives us one of the greatest ‘summing up’ speeches a court room has ever seen; the warm, calm and peaceful Lawrie, who steps in to save the day.
I cannot recommend this film highly enough. It’s a tale about people who love and care for each other and who are genuinely happy with their ... lot, as well as being pant-wettingly funny. What more could you want?
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomson on 6 Feb. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Someone wants your house. They send you a letter saying, You’re going to give it to us, you’re going to be forced to move in an undersized apartment in the big, smelly city, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’d be not a little displeased – right? Would you give up your ‘Castle’ without a fight?
Set in Australia, this is a film about a wonderfully chipper, down-to-earth family (The Kerrigans), who take the most ecstatic delights from life’s such simple pleasures. The father, Daryl, is immensely proud of his daughter’s beauty school degree, his wife’s culinary skills and his son Steve’s eye for a second-hand bargain. He’s also proud of his house; a homely, almost ramshackle construction, situated in a tiny neighbourhood in the middle of nowhere. Anyone else would find the airport at the end of the back garden, and the unsightly, hideous power lines overhanging their property, a tremendous nuisance. Not Daryl. He loves them – they remind him of mankind’s achievements in modern civilisation. He also adores his greyhounds, the pool table in the spare room and the colossal television transmitter hammered precariously the roof. Most of all, he’s proud of his family – despite the fact his older son Wayne is in jail.
When the nearby airport bestows not just the Kerrigans but the entire neighbourhood with a compulsory purchase order for their houses, he decides to fight – and fight he does. Hiring a small-time lawyer, who of course is instantly out of his depth with the situation (played by a show-stealing Tiriel Mora – watch out for his antics with his office photocopier) they ultimately, with some invaluable help from a sympathetic legal expert, give as good as they get.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2005
Format: DVD
I've introduced this movie to Norwegians, English, Germans and many others. It's a bloody ripper! Even just thinking about it now (and I haven't watched it for over a month) I start to giggle.
It's stereotypical, cliched and so honest it's almost scary!
if there was an option for 12 out of 5 I'd award it 15!
p.s.
I've been to Bonnie Doon and it's just like in the movie!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Castle is the story of one man's fight against the great machine that is local and national government. You are guaranteed to sympathise with the family's exasperation, laugh hysterically at their life stories and feel moved by their difficulties as they unfold. Australian films have not been known for their cinematic genius, but this film truly excels in every department and will make you laugh until you cry!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
The Castle is an absolute delight from start to finish, a good-natured, open-hearted no-budget Australian comedy shot in 11 days that really works, not least because you really love the characters. They may live in a less than des res at the end of a runway and have worse taste than trailer trash, but they're truly happy with their lot and each other so you find yourself laughing with them as much as at them as they fight a compulsory purchase order on their `castle' with the aid of their lawyer who can't even get his photocopier to work properly, let alone interpret law beyond `the vibe.' It breaks a lot of the rules of construction, relying heavily on narration and repetition, but it really works. Easily the most joyously likeable film I've seen in ages, it'll leave you with a huge grin on your face and feeling great.

The NTSC DVD is the US version of the film, but unlike most Miramax acquisitions, the changes are very minor - one scene is slightly (but typically unnecessarily) shortened (when Tracey is doing Sal's hair while Darryl and the boys fish), the other changes merely a couple of minor dialogue changes from Strine phrases that might leave US viewers scratching their heads. However, the Australian PAL 'Remastered and Replastered' edition, which boasts a much better widescreen transfer and is completely uncut.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew23 on 6 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We have loved this great little film since seeing it in the cinema back in the late 90's. Have owned the video tape but have been unable to watch it for some time as we no longer possess a video player. Have waited and waited for a region 2 DVD release but for some reason, it never came- until now.

This is a cracking little Australian comedy that contains so many quotable lines. Some decent DVD extras would have been nice but its all about the film isn't it.
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