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The Cider House Rules [Blu-ray] (2014)

Michael Caine , Tobey Maguire  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DCJ1J6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Honored with two Academy Awardsr - 1999, Best Supporting Actor, Michael Caine, and Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, John Irving - THE CIDER HOUSE RULES tells a compelling and heartwarming story about how far a young man must travel to find the place where he truly belongs! Homer Wells (Tobey Macguire - BROTHERS, SEABISCUIT, SPIDER-MAN) has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of St. Cloud's Orphanage in rural Maine. Though groomed by its proprietor, Dr. Larch (Caine), to be his successor, Homer nonetheless feels the need to experience the world outside. Then, while working at an apple orchard, Homer falls for the beautiful Candy (Charlize Theron - HANCOCK, MONSTER) and learns some powerfully indelible lessons about life, love and home. Based on John Irving's best-selling American classic, this critically acclaimed motion picture features a sensational all-star cast including Delroy Lindo and Erykah Badu.

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93 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie for grown-ups August 14, 2000
Just when thoughtful adults despair that Hollywood will never again make movies for them to enjoy, Cider House Rules comes along and gives everybody reason to hope. From its wide, opening shot to its literary ending, this film delivers to its audience an old-fashioned, satisfying, movie-going experience while at the same time focusing on quite a surprising topic: abortion. Framed with Dickensian sympathy for all its characters, Cider House weaves its way in and out of the lives of half a dozen startlingly original people, many of them quite unusual for mainstream cinema. Michael Caine picked up the Oscar (he's a great actor but he's become a kind of beloved pet for middle-aged movie fans) as a drug-addicted humanitarian, yet Delroy Lindo gives the most haunting and complex performance as the black foreman of an apple-picking crew who loves his daughter too much. Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron make this long film continuously watchable and even warmly sunny despite its repeated turns into dark material, and a gaggle of adorable moppet orphans keep tugging at the heart strings, but not so much you feel abused. A rare modern day classic.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide to the Rules December 3, 2002
A sensitive and intelligent character-driven film, adapted from John Irving's novel by the author himself, which features truly breathtaking cinematography, a lush musical score, and uniformly excellent performances by a formidable cast which includes Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Kathy Baker, Jane Alexander, and supporting Oscar-winner Michael Caine. The main plot line centers around a young man (Maguire), raised in an orphanage headed by a charismatic doctor (Caine), who decides to venture out into the world and learns the hard way that life is not merely black and white, but many subtle variations of gray. While this is hardly a unique theme, the characters in "Cider House Rules" are so exquisitely drawn, and the movie so masterfully produced, that everything which might in lesser hands seem overly familiar appears fresh, new, and distinctive.
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.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literate, Satisfying, Dramatic....More Like This Please December 6, 2002
Director Lasse Hallström joins his formidable talent with novelist/screenwriter John Irving and the results are so pleasantly literate and dramatically satisfying. I haven't read the novel so I can't compare the two but films vs. their novels' comparisions are almost impossible anyway since each media of expression is so unlike the other. For one, film is a collaborative medium whereas fiction writing is a solitary pursuit. Judged on its own, the film works perfectly. It revolves around a young man, Homer (Tobey Maguire), raised in an orphanage by its doctor (Michael Caine) who loves him like his own son. 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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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Unlike some of the viewers here, I found the plot, characters and acting were all executed well. I haven't read the book, but it seems that Irving has cut down on the eccentricities that mar his other works (with the small exception of naming a character "Rose Rose"). However, the themes of abortion and incest which run through the film are very harrowing and difficult to watch. I can't believe this didn't get a R rating --this is NOT a movie for young ones.

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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rules, Lessons, and Poignancy February 10, 2004
Even having John Irving write the screenplay based on his own novel could not prevent this film's insufficiencies which include a lack of cohesion throughout much of the plot development. It begins quite well as the relationship between Homer Wells (Maguire) and Dr. Wilbur Larch (Caine) is effectively established. There are issues between them (e.g. pro life versus pro choice) as well as mutual affection and respect. Then the film sags when Homer leaves the St. Cloud Orphanage with Candy (Theron) and Wally (Rudd). He works in the Worthington orchard and falls in love with Candy while Wally is serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War Two. And then....

I have great respect for director Lasse Hallstrom's work (My Life as a Dog, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Chocolat, and most recently, The Shipping News) and do not envy him as he struggled -- with mixed results -- to bring Irving's Academy Award-winning screenplay adaptation to life. There are several magical, memorable moments such as when Dr. Larch and later Homer "salute" the children when wishing them goodnight; also when the children compete for the attention of visitors to the orphanage, hoping to be selected. With regard to the acting, Caine received an Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role and everyone else in the cast performs well. The film score is at times intrusive but the cinematography is first- rate.

However, the transitions from St. Cloud to the Worthington orchard to St. Cloud seem to me awkward. Moreover, the Rose family's problems were a distraction which reduced even more the momentum of the film's sometimes lumpy narrative. Overall, this film tries to ingratiate itself with those who see it in much the same way the orphans eagerly surround St.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Even-paced and quaint
I'm not sure there is a lot to say about this film.

The characters were somewhat fanciful. But I have no complaint to give regarding individual performances. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Kyle A. Herschend
5.0 out of 5 stars Very true to book
Loved the book and love the movie too....wonderfully written and acted.Tobey Maguire portrays Homer Wells wonderfully and believably. Well done.
Published 13 hours ago by Debora A. Flaugher
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough topic in a touching way
Actually a story that comments on a difficult social topic, slanted somewhat towards the pragmatic.

It is a sad movie really, but beautiful and poignant because of the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by mario rb
1.0 out of 5 stars Cider House Sucks
Upon hearing so much praise for this title for so long I was excited to watch it with my husband. I was sorely disappointed in the moral and ethical themes of this movie. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Andrew Hettinga
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart trumps rules
Beautiful story, beautifully acted. Michael Caine is wonderful, as always. And Toby Maguire totally delivers, too.. I heartly recommend this film.
Published 11 days ago by Promise
3.0 out of 5 stars Cider House Really Rules
Great story, great acting (Micheal Cane is fantastic) a real classic! I have seen this movie several times and never grow tired of it. OH and it's very emotional too!
Published 11 days ago by N. Tore
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!!
My girlfriend cried three times while we were watching this movie. She said it was great! I actually haven't watched it myself.
Published 13 days ago by CAP10K10
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
I had never seen this movie though it deals with abortion and women giving children they can't take care of its a very good movie. I enjoyed it........ Read more
Published 15 days ago by JUD
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars
This is a beautifully atmospheric coming of age movie set in the wilds of New England, with a wonderful cast, a poignant musical score, and a though-provoking storyline. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Patti V
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the movie.
Good story line. No violence or blood and gore. Just a good movie to sit down and watch. I always like Charlise Theron.
Published 20 days ago by Carol
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