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The Cider House Rules (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 7 January 2000 (USA)
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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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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.

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Drama | Romance

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

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7 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Ciderhusreglerna  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$57,536,361 (USA) (16 June 2000)
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John Irving makes a brief cameo as the St. Cloud stationmaster. See more »

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In the end credits, the town of Lenox, Massachusetts is spelled "Lennox". See more »

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[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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My Ideal
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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Sometimes you must break rules to straighten the situation.
23 March 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This movie will be looked at from many different views. I forgot about race and religion and watched a very good movie about the human condition. John Irving did the screenplay of his own novel. A young boy, played by Tobey Maguire, is born and raised in an orphanage. He is taught the ways of childbirth and abortion by the headmaster, Dr. Larch, played by Michael Caine. The young boy wants to be more useful in life and goes on his own way to end up working in an apple orchard and learning about lobster fishing.

The Maguire boy/man character fights with his own morals and lack of worldliness as the movie progresses. The predictable ending probably couldn't have been any better. Life happens. Bad things often happen to good people. This movie does question your thoughts of humanity.

I found raw emotion, humor and tenderness in this movie. The story is set in Maine; but actually filmed in Vermont and Connecticut too. Scenery is awesome. Maguire's timid, monotone character does take some getting used to. Caine was very good. Charlize Theron proved that not only is she beautiful, but she can act as well. Erykah Badu did extremely well in a small, but important role. This movie is worthy of its many Oscar nominations.


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