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The Cider House Rules (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 January 2000 (USA)
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A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
K. Todd Freeman ...
Mary Agnes
Ray Kendall
Jack (as Evan Dexter Parke)


Homer is an orphan in remote St. Cloud, Maine. Never adopted, he becomes the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch, who imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. When Wally and pregnant Candy visit the orphanage Dr. Larch provides medically safe, albeit illegal, abortions Homer leaves with them to work on Wally's family apple farm. Wally goes off to war, leaving Homer and Candy alone together. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him? Written by Martin Lewison <MLewison@utk.edu>

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A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexuality, nudity, substance abuse and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ciderhusreglerna  »

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$110,098 (USA) (10 December 1999)


$1,652,637 (Sweden) (1 September 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr. Larch's repeated line "Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England." may come from the Book of Micah 3:1 "Hear...O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel" See more »


When Homer talks to Rose while she is doing the dishes, an actor's mark is visible on the floor. See more »


[first lines]
[Opening narration; a couple of snippets of interspersed dialog are omitted]
Dr. Wilbur Larch: In other parts of the world young men leave home and travel far and wide in search of a promising future. Their journeys are often fueled by dreams of triumphing over evil, finding a great love, or the hopes of fortunes easily made. Here in St. Cloud's not even the decision to get off the train is easily made, for it requires an earlier, more difficult decision - add a child to your life, or leave one ...
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References Wuthering Heights (1939) See more »


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Composed by Newell Chase / Leo Robin / Richard A. Whiting
Performed by Margaret Whiting with Billy Butterfield & His Orchestra
Published by Famous Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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The Best I have seen in a long time...
19 January 2000 | by (mississippi) – See all my reviews

Some movies you enjoy at the theater once and then forget them. This film is one that you do not soon forget. Tobey Maguire has got to be one of the most gifted actors I have ever seen. His portrayal of Homer Wells is compelling. This movie will take you in during the very first scenes and won't let you go. When it's over you don't want to leave them all behind. Have you ever been so engrossed in a movie you don't realize what's going on around you. Cider House Rules is one of those rare films to come along and totally involve you in their lives. Maguire and Theron are wonderful along with the whole cast. Can't wait to see what other gifts Maguire gives us on the screen in the future.

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