The Cider House Rules Movie Review 1999

Information and Film Reviews for The Cider House Rules the Movie

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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.

Cast and Crew

Adoption & Orphans, Books to Film: John Irving, Doctors & Nurses, Incest, Drug Use & Abuse, Coming of Age, Period Piece: 1940s, Farm Livin', Abortion
John Irving
Evan Dexter Parke, Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Erykah Badu, Kathy Baker, Jane Alexander, Kieran Culkin, Kate Nelligan, K. Todd Freeman, Dwight Myers, J.K. Simmons, Erik Per Sullivan
Oliver Stapleton
Lasse Hallstrom
Rachel Portman
John Irving
Richard N. Gladstein, Miramax Films


Oscars 1999: Adapt. Screenplay, Support. Actor (Caine); Screen Actors Guild 1999: Support. Actor (Caine).

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