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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

$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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At 54 minutes Dr. Larch says Homer graduated from college in 1935...in the end scene Homer looks at his Bachelor of Science diploma with the Roman numeral for the year which is 1934...MCMXXXIV. 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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Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #11.67 (2004) See more »

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Ukulele Lady
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Words by Gus Kahn
Performed by Vaughn De Leath
Published by Bourne Co. (ASCAP)/Whiting Music Corp. (ASCAP)/Gilbert Keyes Music (ASCAP) c/o SGA
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Funny, moving, incredibly well-done
27 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't think it was possible, but one of John Irving's most difficult books was condensed by the author himself (the last third of the book is gone) into a very very good movie. All the acting is great (especially the nice low key performances by Macguire and Caine), BEAUTIFULLY shot (in Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts), a score that fits the movie like a glove and fully realized three-dimensional characters. Plot-wise there's nothing new (young man goes out to see the world, discovers himself, etc etc) but the cast makes it seem new. They all find depth in roles that have been done before--especially Caine who speaks with a very convincing Maine accent! Bring lots of tissues with you--the movie is sad and disturbing at points (all kept in the PG-13 rating however), but it has a happy ending. Well worth seeing. See it on a BIG screen--all the beautiful shoots won't work on TV.


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