Homer Wells (Maguire) grows up in the St. Clouds, Maine orphanage, with his mentor, Dr. Larch (Caine), teaching Homer everything about caring for the children, delivering babies, and performing (illegal) abortions (which Homer refuses to do). But, in 1943, when flyboy Wally (Rudd) shows up with girlfriend Candy (Theron), Homer gets his chance to see something of the world. He winds up as an apple picker and, when Wally returns to the war, Candy's new beau. But Homer has a lot of lessons to learn about making--and living by--your own rules. Irving wrote his first screenplay from his novel. Old-fashioned, coming of age story with excellent performances.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 125 minutes.
Oscars 1999: Adapt. Screenplay, Support. Actor (Caine); Screen Actors Guild 1999: Support. Actor (Caine).
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