The Castle [VHS] 
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!
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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?
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!
I've been to Bonnie Doon and it's just like in the movie!!!
Great film but beware of the language if you have kids!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a legendary Aussie comedy based on a true story. "Tell him he's dreamin'" entered the vernacular from this film.Published 2 months ago by Steven Devaney
This is a real gem of a film. Warm feel good and funny :)Published 2 months ago by Mr. T. M. Robinson
If you live in Australia or deal with Australians you must watch this. It also happens to be enjoyable!Published 3 months ago by Taras Bulba
Really funny, feel good, make you laugh out loud Australian movie.
Watched it with my Italian born partner - she loved it too.
This is not and never has been Ausralia favourite film. It won an Australian film of the year award, which is hardly a major achievement. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Prof TBun