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Cider House Rules [Blu-ray]

Tobey Maguire , Charlize Theron , Lasse Hallström    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GJTNBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,654 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In adapting his own novel The Cider House Rules for the screen, John Irving sacrificed at least some of the depth and detail that made his humanitarian themes resonate, while the film--directed with Scandinavian sobriety by Lasse Hallström--is often vague about the complex issues (abortion, incest, responsibility) that lie at its core. Allowing for this ambiguity (which is arguably intentional), the film retains much of what made Irving's novel so admired, and like Hallström's earlier feature What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, it's blessed with a generous, forgiving spirit toward the mistakes, foibles, and desires of its many engaging characters.

Central to the story (set during World War II) is Homer (Tobey Maguire), a young man raised in a Maine orphanage, where the ether-sniffing Dr Larch (Michael Caine) rules with benevolent grace while performing safe but illegal abortions. To expand his horizons, Homer follows a young couple (Charlize Theron, Paul Rudd) to do fieldwork on an apple farm, where his innocent eyes are opened to the good and evil of the world--and to the realisation that not all rules are steadfast in all situations. By the time Homer returns to the orphanage, The Cider House Rules--which features one of Caine's finest performances--has run out of steam. The film ends up being memorable more for its many charming and insightful moments than for any lasting dramatic impact. Is Homer fated to come full circle in his kindhearted journey? It's left to the viewer to decide. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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  • The making of an American classic
  • Deleted Scenes


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cider House Rules 22 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
“Cider House Rules” is a moving and atmospheric film which takes two extremely contentious subject matters, abortion and incest, and weaves a touching storyline about them.
St Cloud’s is a remote orphanage set in rural Maine. Dr Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine) runs the orphanage on a shoestring budget with only two matronly nurses to help him. He names one orphaned child Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) and after a couple of failed adoption attempts it looks like Homer will be adopted by the orphanage itself and Dr Larch sets about training Homer to take over his duties. Although having undergone no medical training at all Homer proves himself to be just as capable physician as Dr Larch, although on the question of abortion the two men greatly differ.
One day a young couple arrive at the orphanage, he’s a USAF Pilot and she’s “in the club”, for Homer on the other hand this spells an escape out of the home. The pilot, Wally Worthington’s parents own a large apple plantation and on the drive away from the orphanage he offers Homer a job as a picker.
Homer is delivered to the plantation where he is given a bunk in the barn alongside the other pickers, a nomadic group of immigrants who travel up and down the east coast picking the various fruits of the seasons. The leader of this motley crew is Mr Rose, a welcoming but also dangerous looking man who is accompanied by his daughter, the enigmatically named Rose Rose. With Wally sent away to fly the “Burma Run” his girlfriend Candy Kendall (Charlize Theron) starts spending more and more time with Homer and a lovely gentle love story between the two of them starts to develop.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It could bring tears to a glass eye! 12 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I didn't know what to expect when I went to see this film at the cinema. I'd never heard of Cider House Rules or even John Irving but this film is brilliant. The performances are also great. Tobey Maguire is perfect as the 'deep' Homer Wells and Michael Caine really does deserve is Best supporting actor award for Dr Larch. His last scene could have brought tears to a glass eye. This movie has a unique quality to it which teaches morals and how to live your life at the same time as being a very enjoyable story with top class characters and a brilliant score. Buy it now!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whose rules? 27 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
I suppose it is inevitable that, to fit a novel into a two-hour period, much of the detail and even significant parts of the story line must be left out. That is certain the case with The Cider House Rules. John Irving's novel had much more character development, naturally (as a book can always reveal the interior lives of characters much more fully than can any theatrical treatment), but I was a bit disappointed that significant plot developments (such as Homer's relationships away from St. Clouds) were left out. So, in this case, do read the book-you'll be glad you did.
That disclaimer having been made, I thought that the movie was very good. Michael Caine gave his usual wonderful performance, but I was never quite clear what accent he was trying to effect (being someone with a muddled accent myself, I am not really one to criticise on this point). The stories of the orphans of St. Clouds and the women who came for help in one way or another were very poignant. I was moved at the interplay between compassion and concern-the right to life/abortion debate (perhaps the central ideological pivot point in the novel and the movie) is presented in an interesting way, with just a small tendency to get preachy on one side or the other. To a large extent, this is never really resolved; while Homer in the end realises that in the adult world there are rarely black-and-white issues, but rather shades of gray, one does not know in the movie if he is really persuaded to his mentor's view.
The Cider House Rules (referring firstly to the notice tacked to the wall of one of the lodgings) serves as a metaphor for the entire film. Who made these rules? What do they really mean? What purpose do they serve? Can't we make our own rules?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Adaptation of Book to Film 12 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
John Irving published his novel The Cider House Rules in 1985 to great critical and commercial acclaim. Centred on a Maine orphanage, its central topic of abortion perhaps is the most obvious allusion to the influence of Charles Dickens on Irving's work. The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire had already been filmed (Garp by the director George Roy Hill in 1982, and Hampshire by Tony Richardson in 1984), both to moderate success, but it wasn't until 1999 that Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom turned Rules into perhaps one of the best screen adaptations of a novel for some years.

The two main characters in "Rules" are Homer Wells, an orphan, and Dr Wilbur Larch, who's in charge of the orphanage where Homer grows up and has become a surrogate father to him. When Homer decides to leave the orphanage to experience the world, the film charts his progress from young boy to man amongst a diverse and fascinating series of encounters and characters. Memorable amongst these characters are Rose Rose, the daughter of a migrant worker at an apple orchard where Homer finds temporary employment; this story arc is the most gripping and to say any more would spoil it entirely! Other characters include Candy Kendall and her boyfriend Wally, who also work at the apple orchard; when Wally leaves to fight in World War 2, Homer and Candy embark on an affair that leads to an unexpected denouement.

The entire cast is exceptional and turn in some of the best work of their careers. Tobey Maguire is excellent as Homer, with a sense of innocence at first, and then gradually become worldly-wise as his life grows.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great feel good movie
Published 20 days ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE
Still a brilliant film, with excellent storyline, and excellent acting by main characters.
Published 1 month ago by John Duckers
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is a beautiful film. I didn't know what to expect before watching it, but it has a great cast, a lovely storyline, and is just a beautiful film.
Published 2 months ago by House Maid
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story - Superb Filmaking
'Goodnight you Princess's of Maine, you Kings of New England' says Dr Larch(played by Michael Caine) after reading the children at an orphanage their bedtime story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. D. Compton
5.0 out of 5 stars hope
In life wherever you are or go, there's always some undiminished connection with where you are from and where you are formed, remember you are lovely the world isn't x
Published 4 months ago by redspidermite
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
Brilliant, excellent acting from the whole cast. A thoughtful film. This film is a human-interest story, a tragedy, a comedy, a romance, and a period piece, and each element has... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gloucestershire
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't often think 5 stars
Can't be bothered to say much other than I don't often think of anything as 5 stars. This certainly was.

I did read the 1 star review from Mr. Read more
Published 4 months ago by likeitrateit
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story, some strong characters.
An interesting story, if somewhat predictable. The characters are strong, and the slow pace of the film makes it easy and enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ryme Intrinseca
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow moving tale with a moving end
I wish I could find the words to describe and review this film. It's slow paced and really quite moving at times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. MALTBY
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I haven't seen this in years and had forgotten just how good it is. Wonderfully acted, and so rich in detail, hope and pain
Published 6 months ago by Dr Chris
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