The Cider House Rules 1999

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Homer Wells has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of St. Cloud's Orphanage in rural Maine. Though groomed by its proprietor, Dr. Larch, to be his successor, Homer nonetheless feels the need to strike out on his own and experience the world outside.

Starring:
Paul Rudd,Jane Alexander
Runtime:
2 hours, 5 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Lasse Hallstrom
Starring Paul Rudd, Jane Alexander
Supporting actors Erykah Badu, Heavy D, Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, K. Todd Freeman, Delroy Lindo, Kate Nelligan, Kathy Baker, Charlize Theron, Kieran Culkin
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 27 Dec. 2005
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2002
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Dr Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine) is the resident doctor in an orphanage for unwanted children. One of the babies in his care he tries to have adopted but after a couple of failed attempts he names the boy Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) and decides to keep him at the orphanage. The boy shows an interest in Larch's work and Larch uses him as his assistant when he grows up. Larch is primarily an obstetrician, but is also willing to perform abortions of unwanted babies. Homer assists Larch in this for several years but does not approve, so he leaves and joins a group of black migrant workers working in a cider factory. When he arrives, Wells takes it upon himself to establish a set of rules of conduct for the community. One of the women on whom Dr Larch performs an abortion is the lovely Candy Kendall (Charlize Theron), who has become pregnant by Lt. Wally Worthington (Paul Rudd). When Homer meets Candy again with Worthington overseas, the two develop a relationship, but when Worthington sustains a crippling injury, Candy feels she must stay with him on his return home. The black community resent having rules imposed on them by Wells, but when one of the workers, Arthur Rose (Delroy Lindo), impregnates his own daughter who dies from complications of having an abortion, Rose realises the wisdom of imposing some rules for the community to live by. The acting was very good in this drama about conscience and relationships, but I didn't find it an engrossing film.
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