The Castle

The Castle

Rob Sitch (1997)

81min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A working-class Australian man and his eccentric family live happily in the vicinity of Melbourne airport. When the government announces plans to expand the airport, the ramshackle family home comes under threat and he resolves to take the authorities to court to protect it. Comedy, starring Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe and Eric Bana.

Cast & Crew

Darryl Kerrigan Michael Caton
Sal Kerrigan Anne Tenney
Dale Kerrigan Stephen Curry
Steve Kerrigan Anthony Simcoe
Tracey Kerrigan Sophie Lee
Wayne Kerrigan Wayne Hope
Dennis Denuto Tiriel Mora
Con Petropoulous Eric Bana
Director Rob Sitch
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy