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The Cider House Rules
- Tobey Maguire

Overview - THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, an expertly crafted and intelligent adapation of John Irving's novel, explores themes of disappointment, ideas of moral ambiguity, and, indeed, lessons about life itself, woven into a dramatic story that is neither slow nor sentimental.  Read more...

 
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Overview

THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, an expertly crafted and intelligent adapation of John Irving's novel, explores themes of disappointment, ideas of moral ambiguity, and, indeed, lessons about life itself, woven into a dramatic story that is neither slow nor sentimental. Tobey Maguire is the immensely likable Homer Wells, a lifelong resident of a Maine orphanage who comes of age during WWII under the auspices of its director, Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine). Larch is pragmatic, progressive, highly intelligent, and loathe to let Homer go out into the world. He sees him as a son, and the only one whose medical training allows for him to take over when he retires from his job as physician, obstetrician, and illegal abortionist. When ingenue Candy (Charlize Theron) and air force adventurer Wally (Paul Rudd), come to Larch for help with an abortion, Homer befriends the couple and, against Larch's wishes, sets off with them to see the world, or at least the rest of Maine. Working at an apple orchard owned by Wally's mother (Kate Nelligan), Homer lives and works with a group of African-American migrant workers, among them the morally ambiguous Mr. Rose Delroy Lindo and his beloved daughter Rose Rose (Erykah Badu in a stunning debut). When Wally goes off to war, and Rose Rose gets into a complex and frightening situation, Homer is faced with serious choices and dilemmas that can only be solved by the wisdom he has learned from Larch. A classic, old-fashioned-style American film that deals directly with sensitive and taboo issues, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES is a beautifully acted, carefully paced story full of substance.

Awards:
1999 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
1999 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

David Gropman - Production Designer
K. Todd Freeman
Jane Alexander - American Actress
Jane Quigley - American Actress
Delroy Lindo - American supporting actor,
John Irving - Novelist, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
Lasse Hallstrom - Swedish Director
Lasse Hallström - Swedish Director
Rachel Portman - Composer
Bobby Cohen - American Producer
Kieran Culkin - American actor
Michael Caine - British Actor, ALFIE (1966)
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. - British Actor, ALFIE (1966)
Tobey Maguire - American actor, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES/SPIDER-MAN series
Toby Maguire - American actor, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES/SPIDER-MAN series
Richard N. Gladstein - Producer
Lisa Zeno-Churgin - Editor, THE LAST KISS (2006)
Lisa Zeno Churgin - Editor, THE LAST KISS (2006)
Heavy D - RAPPER/ACTOR
Heavy D - RAPPER/ACTOR
Dwight "Heavy D" Myers - RAPPER/ACTOR
Erykah Badu - Pop Singer
Paul Rudd - American Actor
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
Bob Weinstein - Prod./Screenwriter/Director
Robert Weinstein - Prod./Screenwriter/Director
Oliver Stapleton
Kate Nelligan - Canadian Actress
Kathy Baker - American actress
Charlize Theron - American actress, MONSTER
Harvey Weinstein - Film producer
Meryl Poster - PRODUCER

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398138105
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG13
  • Release Date: September 2013

Related Categories:
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Notes:
Theatrical release: October 21,1999. Filmed on location in Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts.

Reviews:
"...A touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies..." Variety, p.48-50


"...Earnest, well-acted....[Caine is] a masterful actor in peak form..." - 02/03/2000 Rolling Stone, p.68-9


"...[THE CIDER HOUSE RULES] is a stunning achievement--lovingly photographed and emotionally transcendent..." - 02/??/2000 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.33


"...Lyrical..." -- Rating: B+ - 01/21/2000 Entertainment Weekly, p.82


"...Fine, subtle work from Caine and the ever-impressive Maguire..." -- 3 out of 5 stars - 09/01/2000 Premiere, p.85


"...[A] superb adaptation....Irving and Hallstrom move way beyond the predictable to ponder the way in which everyone must make his or her way through life's constant interplay of choice and fate....They've been aided immeasurably by a large cast..." - 12/10/1999 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...Michael Caine's performance is one of his best, and Charlize Theron is sweet and direct..." - 12/17/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.37

 
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