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The Cider House Rules (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 7 January 2000 (USA)
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A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.

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Lasse Hallström

Writers:

John Irving (novel), John Irving (screenplay)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobey Maguire ... Homer Wells
Charlize Theron ... Candy Kendall
Delroy Lindo ... Mr. Rose
Paul Rudd ... Wally Worthington
Michael Caine ... Dr. Wilbur Larch
Jane Alexander ... Nurse Edna
Kathy Baker ... Nurse Angela
Erykah Badu ... Rose Rose
Kieran Culkin ... Buster
Kate Nelligan ... Olive Worthington
Heavy D ... Peaches
K. Todd Freeman ... Muddy
Paz de la Huerta ... Mary Agnes
J.K. Simmons ... Ray Kendall
Evan Parke ... Jack (as Evan Dexter Parke)
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Storyline

Homer is an orphan in remote St. Cloud, Maine. Never adopted, he becomes the favorite of orphanage Director Dr. Larch, who imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. When Wally and pregnant Candy visit the orphanage, Dr. Larch provides a medically safe, albeit illegal, abortion, Homer leaves with them to work on Wally's family apple farm. Wally goes off to war, leaving Homer and Candy alone together. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him? Written by Martin Lewison <MLewison@utk.edu>

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A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexuality, nudity, substance abuse and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cider House Rules See more »

Filming Locations:

Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,098, 12 December 1999

Gross USA:

$57,545,092

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,545,092
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Art Direction. See more »

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The package containing Homer's doctor bag bears four examples of a stamp honoring railroad engineers that was released on April 29, 1950. See more »

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[Opening narration; a couple of snippets of interspersed dialog are omitted]
Dr. Wilbur Larch: In other parts of the world young men leave home and travel far and wide in search of a promising future. Their journeys are often fueled by dreams of triumphing over evil, finding a great love, or the hopes of fortunes easily made. Here in St. Cloud's not even the decision to get off the train is easily made, for it requires an earlier, more difficult decision - add a child to your life, or leave one ...
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Sometimes you must break rules to straighten the situation.
23 March 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This movie will be looked at from many different views. I forgot about race and religion and watched a very good movie about the human condition. John Irving did the screenplay of his own novel. A young boy, played by Tobey Maguire, is born and raised in an orphanage. He is taught the ways of childbirth and abortion by the headmaster, Dr. Larch, played by Michael Caine. The young boy wants to be more useful in life and goes on his own way to end up working in an apple orchard and learning about lobster fishing.

The Maguire boy/man character fights with his own morals and lack of worldliness as the movie progresses. The predictable ending probably couldn't have been any better. Life happens. Bad things often happen to good people. This movie does question your thoughts of humanity.

I found raw emotion, humor and tenderness in this movie. The story is set in Maine; but actually filmed in Vermont and Connecticut too. Scenery is awesome. Maguire's timid, monotone character does take some getting used to. Caine was very good. Charlize Theron proved that not only is she beautiful, but she can act as well. Erykah Badu did extremely well in a small, but important role. This movie is worthy of its many Oscar nominations.


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