Cider House Rules

Cider House Rules

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Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Lasse Hallström, Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo

     
 

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John Irving scripted this screen adaptation of his 1985 novel. Set during World War II, The Cider House Rules concerns Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), an orphan who spent most of his childhood at the St. Cloud Orphanage in rural Maine, where he grew up under the strong but affectionate care of Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine). Larch has passed along his medicalSee more details below

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John Irving scripted this screen adaptation of his 1985 novel. Set during World War II, The Cider House Rules concerns Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), an orphan who spent most of his childhood at the St. Cloud Orphanage in rural Maine, where he grew up under the strong but affectionate care of Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine). Larch has passed along his medical education to Homer, and the young man helps the doctor care for abandoned children and the newborn babies of unwed mothers; however, Homer refuses to assist Larch with the illegal abortions that he performs on the side; Homer has moral objections to abortion, while Larch believes in the rights of the individual and sees it as his duty to keep women in need away from dangerous incompetents. Wally Worthington (Paul Rudd), an air-force pilot, brings his girlfriend Candy (Charlize Theron) to St. Cloud for an abortion, and Homer decides to go with them when they leave, hoping to see the world; however, the three end up going no further than the state line, where Wally's mother (Kate Nelligan) runs an apple orchard and cider mill, and Candy's family traps lobsters. When Wally ships off to battle, Homer grows closer to Candy, and the two fall in love. But their idyllic life at the cider mill is interrupted when Rose Rose (Erykah Badu), a field worker at the orchard, becomes pregnant and her father, cider-house foreman Mr. Rose (Delroy Lindo), turns out to be the father of her unborn child. This news coupled with the death of Dr. Larch, forces Homer to take a long look at both his moral principles and his future. Rapper Heavy D appears in the supporting cast as Peaches.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Adapted from John Irving's evocative novel with rare sensitivity, a tender and poignant drama stirs viewers' emotions as few films have in recent years. It begins during the early '40s in a ramshackle Maine orphanage, where Dr. Larch (Michael Caine) cares for unwanted children and performs illegal abortions. His oldest charge and reluctant protégé, Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), yearns to make his own way in the world and begins by hiring out as an apple-picker for nearby orchard owner Wally (Paul Rudd). After Wally goes off to war, his beautiful girlfriend, Candy (Charlize Theron), succumbs to loneliness and teaches Homer some life lessons Dr. Larch had overlooked. Caine is superb in his Oscar-winning role, but all the performances are wonderful -- Maguire brings sweetness and depth to his character, while is Theron is utterly believable as a free-spirited dream girl. Director Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog) recreates the period beautifully and exhibits a keen understanding of class distinctions between orphaned Homer, well-to-do Wally, and the itinerant workers led by Mr. Rose (Delroy Lindo). Filled with warmth, humor, and pathos, The Cider House Rules is an enormously uplifting, life-affirming movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
UPC:
0786936131154
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Homer Wells
Charlize Theron Candy
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
Erik Per Sullivan Fuzzy
Lonnie Farmer Hero

Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Alan C. Blomquist Co-producer
Lisa Churgin Editor
Bobby Cohen Executive Producer
Stephen P. Dunn Asst. Director
Richard N. Gladstein Producer
David Gropman Production Designer
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Holleran Co-producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
John Irving Screenwriter
Maryellen James Makeup
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Michele Platt Associate Producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Beth A. Rubino Set Decoration/Design
Karen Schulz-Gropman Art Director
Elizabeth Shelton Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Oliver Stapleton Camera Operator
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Eleanora Winslow-Price Makeup
Lila Yacoub Associate Producer

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