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Overall Rating
4.43

Awesome65.69%
Worth A Look: 25.55%
Average: 1.46%
Pretty Bad: 0.73%
Total Crap: 6.57%

4 reviews, 113 user ratings


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Castle, The
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"No special effects, no star power, just a top bloody movie."
5 stars

The Castle is the little Aussie battler about the little Aussie battler.

Daryl Kerrigan (Caton) is a greyhound-loving truckie. His family comes first, his home second. He loves giving compliments, and his wife and 4 children love him all the more for it.
His wife, Sal (Anne Tenney) can cook rissoles and scoop out ice cream, which is just the way Daryl likes it.
Wayne, his eldest son, is in jail "because he fell in with the wrong crowd, that's all."
The next son in line, Steve, is an "ideas man." He has ideas.
Daryl's youngest son, Dale, is that perfectly innocent young dope. He may be one of the dumbest characters you've ever seen, but that makes him so much more likeable.
Then there's Tracey, Daryl's daughter, and it's no secret that this qualified hairdresser is the apple of his eye.
They all live on Highview Crescent, Coolaroo, a house situated behind the airport and directly under the plane's line of flight. They aren't at all wealthy, but the richness of the relationship between them all makes them one of the happiest families around. Life for the Kerrigan family is just the way we all wish it could be for ourselves.
One day, though, a hot-shot company decides they want to extend the airport, which means the Kerrigan's home (their Castle) is to be compulsorily acquired.
In comes incompetent lawyer Dennis Denuto (Tiriel Mora). In fighting for justice for the Kerrigan's, he turns the battle into a full-on war, with gates being stolen and guns drawn. But after fighting the case all the way to the supreme court, justice still hasn't prevailed. It all seems over for this close little family, but there is a surprise just around the corner.
Yes, this film is as simple as they come. It is no Star Wars, nor is it an Austin Powers. Director Rob Sitch has simply set out to create a neat, funny little story which shows that sometimes the good guys do win. He succeeds in every which way imaginable.
I'll make a prediction. If the Academy has the guts to recognise true quality in all types of performances, Michael Caton should walk away with an Oscar next year, as should Bud Tingwell, as Lawrie Hammil, QC. Rather than just acknowledging Hollywood actors doing roles as retards, lets hope that this little Aussie battler of a film delivers a knock out blow to the Academy.

The simple things in life are often the best.

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originally posted: 05/04/99 12:44:08
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User Comments

10/25/11 tom anyone who didn't like it, didn't get it. thats their problem. 5 stars
6/12/11 mick boring- not funny-characters are stereotypes 1 stars
11/24/09 t looks like everyone's kicked a goal. 5 stars
11/19/09 Byron Although very good for the time it took to make presents Austaliran families very badly 4 stars
11/17/09 Johnny this is an insult to australians everywhere. it makes us seem simple but we are not 1 stars
11/16/09 Rikki this movie is an insult to the Australian way of life. 1 stars
7/10/09 aabz yea ok 1 stars
7/01/09 emma an apsaloot ripa of a movie coldant have done better myself lol 5 stars
5/06/09 Gyorril its ok 3 stars
4/16/09 Kyall I think it's the funniest Aussie movie ever made! 4 stars
11/05/08 shawy great movie.QUOTE from the old fella, Forgot his name. "YEA FUCK'EM" great movie 5 stars
10/26/08 Paige Dowsett Great Flick!!!! awesome aussie film that has the best actors and actresses 5 stars
9/18/07 Murray Smith Amazing. Best independent film ever made. Low on budget, high on morality, laughs & family 5 stars
8/28/07 Rachel Griffiths i think it was alright.. my brother thinks it was absolutly hilarious though 4 stars
8/16/07 foxy chick flick 5 stars
6/22/07 cinnamon great movie, hilarious, tell him hes dreamin lol 5 stars
6/21/07 Stacey light witty movi that deals with political issues most movie directors are affraid to touch 5 stars
6/10/07 fools♫gold What's this b.s. about this astonishing flick not being intellectual? 5 stars
3/31/07 Zoe Awesome movie best thimg ive ever done for school! ROCK ON... 5 stars
2/03/07 Dennis Denuto My fucking photocopie was the best part in the filmr! 5 stars
12/09/06 martin diesendorf i think it is the graetest aussi film ever!!!! 5 stars
11/27/06 castlemania i love this movie!!!! what? he thinks it's bad?" tell him he's dreaming!" 5 stars
11/26/06 Angela Bussa i hated it, aussie film are gay and im a aussie 1 stars
11/13/06 jaide best movie ever!!!!! always quote it every chance i get, "i think we need a patio!" 5 stars
10/24/06 TOMO AWESOME 5 stars
10/23/06 Fallout Boy Ashley North - Your "sentence" portays you as a moron. This movie is great, 5/5. 5 stars
7/26/06 Kirky Priceless. Luv it Luv it Luv it....... 5 stars
5/05/06 Ed Minot A film with a message that does not intrude on a great story about the human condition. 5 stars
3/22/06 Nicole Leahy This film was not only hilarious it also has alot of meaning 5 stars
3/19/06 Dale Kerrigan this is a good movie 5 stars
2/21/06 Immie hilarious 5 stars
2/21/06 Annie G You want it to be real, but the ending is much too happy. 4 stars
2/10/06 Ashley North it was a wats of time and it portrays australians as dim wits who have no idea 1 stars
1/24/06 Min A laugh out loud movie 5 stars
12/09/05 Machelle A funny movie 4 stars
11/04/05 Rebecca D'Arcy A Comedy full of laughs, will have u in stitchs in a matter of minutes.I liked the show 4 stars
8/27/05 Adel Ollaik Flamboyantly choreographed .... hilarious 4 stars
8/23/05 harris boubis absolutely hilarious 5 stars
8/08/05 Kiki not that good 4 stars
8/02/05 Nida Bloon It is a funny in the way it shows the ridicoulsness of every-day life 5 stars
8/02/05 jack loves joy i ............................ 5 stars
8/01/05 DOGGIE It is alright but i seen it 2 much 3 stars
8/01/05 WOTTO THIS IS THE BEST AUSSIE FILM EVER..................... 5 stars
7/26/05 Shaun Foster Pretty bloody hilarious 5 stars
6/22/05 victoria smart sassy satire 4 stars
3/12/05 cass this rocks! so back off! 5 stars
2/08/05 PR You little ripper! 5 stars
1/16/05 Abel Tasman It's racist???? You are retarded. 5 stars
11/16/04 chloe inter its great and funny 5 stars
9/10/04 sarah it was a fummy movie 5 stars
9/10/04 Tom Tobey Believeable story about real-life Aussies with lots of humor and innuendo to make it intere 4 stars
7/31/04 Commander Riceball A good film. A fun way of ripping off my own culture because truth is, we all know its bull 5 stars
7/27/04 Shannon This movie was pathetic. Only people with a small brain capacity would find this amusing 1 stars
7/13/04 Will hilarious 5 stars
6/01/04 Amy Psaila Good for a rainy day. Funny and entertaining. 4 stars
5/17/04 Paul brilliant, know every line off by heart 5 stars
3/07/04 Sarah this movie is stereotypical & makes all australians look like total morons. 1 stars
1/29/04 Liam Massey Fucking Brill 5 stars
1/28/04 Adam You bloody beauty 5 stars
10/29/03 MK I hate you fucking americans 5 stars
10/17/03 carly pretty good!(for an aussie flick 4 stars
9/14/03 Penny Funny as 5 stars
9/05/03 the cunt darryl rocks 4 stars
6/08/03 Frankthefixer Got stoned to help me laugh! 1 stars
3/27/03 Barney Hannagan I think it is a very good movie 5 stars
3/23/03 Alyce :-) Excellent, especially the 2nd time u see it. "We're goin 2 Bonnnie-Doon!!!'" 5 stars
1/22/03 Pinkline Jones Overrated and amateurish. As deep as rice paper. 2 stars
12/30/02 The 'message' man. It's just the "Vibe" of the show. Oh and it's a collectors item. Straight to the pool room! 5 stars
11/03/02 tom brilliant, true aussie movie 5 stars
9/09/02 Bek little ripper!!! 5 stars
8/07/02 Kate BLOODY AWESOME!!! 5 stars
5/16/02 Lou fantastic film 5 stars
5/15/02 Rhett Best Movie Ever 5 stars
12/17/01 Will Diamond Great Flick! Did anyone else notice how much Michael Caton looks like Peter Sellers? 4 stars
12/08/01 Bryan White Elephants bring good luck when their trunks are up ...and its trunk was up 5 stars
11/21/01 Johnny Bravo The Best fkn movie made!! 5 stars
10/31/01 kael stein i love men 5 stars
10/07/01 Rebecca Jones It was a very good movie and reflects well on Australian communities 5 stars
8/02/01 micksmacktruck fuckin brillent 5 stars
6/12/01 Lauren Great film can get boring but funny in loz a parts! 4 stars
6/11/01 Reed Byrne funny 4 stars
5/19/01 Ollie Make another. The castle was great!!! 5 stars
5/15/01 P.Rodriguez If anyone doesn't like this film, tell them they're dreaming 5 stars
4/09/01 ChErRyRiPe Funny film with Michael Caton, you can't get any better! 5 stars
3/25/01 Funky Bob Excellent, great laughs 5 stars
3/25/01 Tahu Funny - Fuck off ya clown!!! 5 stars
3/15/01 NICOLE IT'S JUST A CRACK UP 5 stars
2/10/01 Bec funniest film ever 5 stars
1/01/01 Jard Best Ever 5 stars
12/17/00 Tom what can i say, it's great 5 stars
11/13/00 Lethal Greatest Aussie film ever made! 5 stars
10/27/00 burt it was relly good 4 stars
10/11/00 P. Rodriguez "NO HARD FEELINGS,.... YA DICKHEAD. Best movie line ever that complemets this simple comdey 5 stars
9/29/00 Jamie AWESOME 5 stars
9/09/00 Shonelle Eden funny stuff, shouldnt be missed 5 stars
5/15/00 sandra shahin the best Australian film yet 5 stars
3/21/00 Scott Appleton Epic 5 stars
2/04/00 mc Everyone should be lucky enough to have a family like this 4 stars
11/23/99 Emerson Shiff A very funny and subtle movie. I loved it 5 stars
11/05/99 Carm Absolutely Excellent 5 stars
11/02/99 Amy Stewart Great movie, humorus, the best!! 5 stars
9/03/99 Lyndon Jarman Pisses on gone with the wind!!!! 5 stars
8/22/99 James C A superb, hillarious movie. A must see for all. 5 stars
6/15/99 Ver-Jun An excellent insight into the normal Aussie battlers. Michael Caton is brilliant. 4 stars
6/13/99 Costars Quirky characters, charming, funny story 4 stars
5/13/99 Benny Gordon Hilarious. Fucking Hilarious. 5 stars
5/10/99 Mr Showbiz A winning Australian indie, filmed on the cheap in just 11 days. 4 stars
5/07/99 Redjelly A different kind of comedy 4 stars
4/29/99 Kirgo1 refreshingly funny yet sweet 5 stars
4/25/99 Duck You must see this film! 5 stars
4/16/99 Chris This one's going straight to the pool room. 5 stars
4/08/99 Fordy This is one damn funny film. AUSTRALIAN COMEDY RULES!!!!! (except for Kevin Smith) 5 stars
3/05/99 Stuck in Lilydale A slap in the face to all filmgoers who thought Aus comedy was all Priscilla 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  07-May-1999 (R)

UK
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Australia
  10-Apr-1997 (M)


Directed by
  Rob Sitch

Written by
  Santo Cilauro
  Tom Gleisner

Cast
  Michael Caton
  Anne Tenney
  Stephen Curry
  Anthony Simcoe
  Sophie Lee
  Wayne Hope



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