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The Castle (1999)



Critic Consensus: Home is where the heart is in The Castle, a rousing Australian comedy that gives audiences an endearing family to root for.

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Working-class tow-truck driver and father of four Darryl Kerrigan's (Michael Caton) only distinguishing feature is his beaming reverence for his home and family. Although is kids appear to be underachievers and his home is located on the edge of a major international airport, his family is his pride and joy and his home is his castle. So when goverment officials demand that Kerrigan sell his house for an expansion of the airport, he fights back through the legal system- all the way up to the Supreme Court.

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Michael Caton
as Darryl Kerrigan
Anne Tenney
as Sal Kerrigan
Stephen Curry
as Dale Kerrigan
Anthony Simcoe
as Steve Kerrigan
Sophie Lee
as Tracy Kerrigan
Wayne Hope
as Wayne Kerrigan
Tiriel Mora
as Dennis Denuto
Eric Bana
as Con Petropoulous
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
as Lawrence Hammill
Robyn Nevin
as Federal Court Judge
Bryan Dawe
as Ron Graham
John Benton
as Mr. Lyle
Laurie Dobson
as John Clifton
John Lee
as Chairman
Stephanie Daniel
as Council Officer
John Flaus
as Sgt Kennedy
Les Toth
as Heavy at Door
Erik Donnison
as Barlow Representative
Roger Neave
as High Court Judge
Tony Evans
as High Court Judge
Robin Miller
as High Court Judge
Sam Gleisner
as Steve and Kerry's Child
Sebastiano Liotta
as Mr. Petropoulos
Josie Noviello
as Mrs. Petropoulos
Linda Keane
as Federal Court Lawyer
Marilyn Chestnut
as High Court Stenographer
Julian Scarff
as High Court Clerk of Courts
Marie-Therese Byrne
as Assistant to Chairman
Clare O'Sullivan
as High Court Lawyer
Warwick Begg
as High Court Lawyer
Maria Theodorakis
as Federal Court Stenographer
John Evans
as Federal Court Clerk of Courts
Michael Roland
as High Court Lawyer
Matthew Giordanella
as Con & Tracey's Son
Larry Emdur
as Himself
Ian Ross
as Himself
Tony Martin (II)
as Adam Hammill
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Critic Reviews for The Castle

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8)

While it obviously struck a deep chord in its homeland, here it's not much more than a light tap on the funny bone. The irrepressibly tacky Kerrigans make an amusing first impression, but the movie essentially has only one joke to offer.

November 10, 2008 | Full Review…
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The Castle, directed by Rob Sitch, is one of those comic treasures like The Full Monty and Waking Ned Devine that shows its characters in the full bloom of glorious eccentricity.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This timeless comic snapshot of suburban life Down Under remains absolutely un-budgeable from its perch as the most widely adored (and quoted) Australian film of all-time.

April 21, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The greatest Australian film of all time.

February 4, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

You can't help but fall in love.

September 15, 2017 | Full Review…

In certain comedies the dialogue can be infectious. If repeated enough and delivered by great actors, lines of dialogue can stick in a persons head like an irresistible melody. The Castle contains such dialogue.

July 7, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Castle


The Castle is one of those great indie Australian films that don't attempt to reinvent the wheel. The camera movements are basic and the key focus is the humour and characters. Michael Caton is the key here and he embellishes each scene with his presence. The humour is very Australian and others will struggle with the dry wit. This is one of the better comedies that we have produced in the last twenty years and it's the filmmaker and writers who accomplish this. Great film and one of the best Australian comedies out there. 04/04/2019

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer


Played less for laughs than for smiles, an imperfect family housed in an imperfect place (the end of the Melbourne Airport's runway!) finds itself pitted against a goliath when the airport needs to expand. Can the little guys win against the system? An amusing tale because the imperfections are lovingly embraced rather than judged. One from Down Under, mate! Oy!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

possibly the greatest aussie film ever, the castle is inspired. film in a crazy 14 days, the castle has stood the test of time and is responsible for some of the great aussie catch phrases used today.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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