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The Castle [VHS] [1998]

4.7 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe, Sophie Lee
  • Directors: Rob Sitch
  • Writers: Rob Sitch, Jane Kennedy, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
  • Producers: Debra Herman, Michael Hirsh
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 2 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D33K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,432 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australian Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton) is proud of his home life: he has a son in jail, his wife makes great sponge cake, and he owns a speedboat which he cleans every Saturday morning. But just when Darryl is making plans for a patio, he learns that property developers intend to bulldoze his neighbourhood in order to extend the airport. Contacting his solicitor, Darryl sets out to prove once and for all that an Australian man's home is his castle!

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The title of The Castle refers to a ramshackle suburban tract house so close to an airport that planes fly mere yards above the roof. Worse than that, it's built on a toxic landfill and right beside humming high-power lines. But to patriarch Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton) and his dim-witted but cheerful brood it's home. Darryl has devoted himself to constantly improving it with modifications like a false chimney that, as he brags to a man sent to estimate the value of the property, makes the house look more picturesque. When the owners of the airport serve Darryl notice that his home is being compulsorily purchased, Darryl hires a small-time lawyer and pursues his case all the way to the Australian Supreme Court. This Australian box-office smash wasn't as successful as The Full Monty at the British box-office, but it has something of the same buoyant spirit. The Castle actually plays better on the small screen; its relationship with its characters is much like the farcical intimacy of classic sitcoms like Fawlty Towers, in which crazed behaviour is balanced by the genuine warmth of the whole cast. Caton in particular is a sweet, engaging presence; Darryl Kerrigan is a fool, but a fool with dignity, and he carries you through the movie. --Bret Fetzer

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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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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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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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This is an Aussie comedy on rights based on the Constitution – and the hoo haa that ensues after a compulsory purchase order is received by a man who refuses to accept it. Up against a national airline, who has government approval to purchase the land, houses, etc, to build on, the “little man” takes them on. It’s not the best film I’ve ever seen, but it’s a good yarn.
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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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After a bit of a slow start we absolutely loved this video. It has a very dry sense of humour but a lot of the humour comes from the language in the film, which can be very strong to say the least! I had read a lot of reviews trying to decide if this was appropriate to watch with our 10 year old son. Some old films with higher ratings seem to be tame in comparison to the films released today so it was hard to work out whether it would be appropriate. Unfortunately most of the reviews didn't mention that there was a LOT of swearing. I read a review which said this was great family viewing so we went with it. Fortunately our son is at an age where he found it funny but still recognises that it is not appropriate language for him to use....

Great film but beware of the language if you have kids!
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It creaks a bit and it all ends a bit corny, but this is the kind of film that the Brits used to make so well. Its an Australian Ealing comedy. It's Man v Bureacratic Steamroller.It's warm and funny with a big heart and you root for the underdog all the way through. It's laugh out loud funny in places and makes good points about 'home,' class differences and the love a family can provide. Great.
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