The Cider House Rules
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The DVD offers a perfect sound and video transfer, and includes a nice selection of "extras", including a documentary on the making of the film, the original Theatrical Trailer, and highlights of the television ad campaign. Overall, the DVD is an exemplary presentation of a bona fide modern classic, and one that's well worth multiple viewings.
Homer eventually needs to go out into the larger world and experience what it has to offer. He has had problems with the doctor's inability to see the black and white of right and wrong. In his exposure to the outside world, by working in a Cider House in Maine, Homer too is forced to confront the gray areas inbetween right and wrong. Delroy Lindo, as the crew boss of the Cider House, does a formidable job playing the pivotal character from whom Homer will learn the inexact rules for living his life. Caine and Irving deservedly won Oscars for their work.
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However, I found the morality of the film problematic. This goes way beyond the issue of abortion, whatever your stance on it. The message of the film seems to be that the ends always justify the means. This is totally epitomised by Michael Caine's Dr. Larch. Whether engaging in illegal abortions, forgery, falsifying records or substance abuse, it seems that this guy thinks that anything is OK as long as he gets the results that he wants. In the end, young Homer does become his successor to this kind of life. This is held up as heroic, somehow, when it is actually tragic.
This aspect of the film is the most problematic for me -- the total lack of a moral and ethical center. For this reason, I'm not sure that I would recommend the film, but it can certainly spark a lot of discussion if viewed with a lot of discernment and if you don't fall for its false heroics.
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I had never seen this movie before and always wanted to. I ordered it and was not dissappointed. Great, truthful story.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie - saw it years ago in the theater - enjoyed it just as much this second time.Published 7 days ago by Mario Calleri
One of favorite movies of all time. Beautifully shot. Incredibly acted. Engaging storyline.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well done, liked this movie a lot! My wife wanted to take some of the orphan actors home.Published 8 days ago by Victor W.
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