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The Cider House Rules

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Honored with two Academy Awards(R) -- Best Supporting Actor, Michael Caine, and Best Adapted Screenplay, 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 -- PLEASANTVILLE, THE ICE STORM, WONDER BOYS) 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 strike out on his own and experience the world outside. Then, while working at an apple orchard, Homer falls for the beautiful Candy (Charlize Theron -- REINDEER GAMES, THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE) and learns some powerfully indelible lessons about life, love, and home! Based on John Irving's best-selling American classic and featuring a sensational all-star cast including Delroy Lindo and newcomer Erykah Badu, this entertaining motion picture earned raves from critics and moviegoers everywhere!

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  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström
  • Writers: John Irving
  • Producers: Alan C. Blomquist, Bob Weinstein, Bobby Cohen, Harvey Weinstein, Leslie Holleran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (967 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SIP6C2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cider House Rules" on IMDb

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By A Customer on August 14, 2000
Format: DVD
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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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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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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There are films just like books that I go back and watch (read) over and over again. This is one of them. Without going into the production side of this film (which is technically superior ,especially the editing and screen writing) you are watching great actors tell a wonderful ,touching story . At the center of the story is Homer an orphan and a young man past the age of adoption. Unlike most orphans living in an orphanage Homer does have a place ,a purpose there .He is loved and needed by all that live there. However, this world is too narrow for him and he decides to experience the "outside" world. After all he is a young man and past the age of adoption. The second world war is brewing but he is not physically eligible (bad heart).He leaves this world of its daily repetiveness.Homer leaves and now he hopes to experience the entire gambit of emotions from the people he will meet and touch. Romantic love, joy, heartache, and friendship,to name a few await him.He is not prepared for some of the powerful negative emotions that will come with each one of these new experiences. Homer is needed in this outside world as much as he was needed at the orphanage. The difference being not much is predictable in this new setting. At first this is very attractive to him . His eyes are wide open.He wants to take in everything. But he is not prepared to handle all these new wonders with the disappointments that goes with each new experience.At the orphanage which is managed by his father figure (played brillantly by Michael Caine )cannot understand why Homer wants to put himself through all the pain this outside world will throw at him. There are now decisions Homer will have to make to survive in this new world . This world has people of color which the orphanage did not.Read more ›
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