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The Castle

  • Comedy
  • 1997
  • Rob Sitch
  • 81 mins
  • 15

Summary

Quirky comedy from the director of The Dish, starring Michael Caton and Anne Tenney. The Kerrigans are a working-class Australian family who live contentedly in the shadow of an airport. But when a proposed expansion of the airport threatens their home, the Kerrigans decide to take their fight all the way to the top.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Take the endearing stupidity of the Farrelly brothers (Dumb & Dumber) and the Coen brothers' quirky eye for detail and you're getting close to the appeal of this utterly splendid Australian comedy. It didn't make a big impact in the UK but don't let that deter you - although it flags a little at the end it remains one of the funniest films of the 1990s. Former soap stars Michael Caton (The Sullivans) and Anne Tenney (A Country Practice) are the engagingly dim heads of the Kerrigan family who are delighted with their dream home, which borders the runway of Melbourne's airport. When the airport authority decides to compulsorily purchase their property to make way for expansion, the bumbling Kerrigans go into battle against the authorities. It's agreeably bonkers throughout but blessed with a touchingly innocent charm and the superb cast keeps splendidly deadpan throughout.

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Credits

Cast

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Darryl KerriganMichael Caton
Sal KerriganAnne Tenney
Dale KerriganStephen Curry
Steve KerriganAnthony Simcoe
Tracey KerriganSophie Lee
Wayne KerriganWayne Hope
Dennis DenutoTiriel Mora
Con PetropoulousEric Bana

Crew

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DirectorRob Sitch

Details

Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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