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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)

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$110,098 (USA) (12 December 1999)

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$57,545,092 (USA)
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Three of the actors went on to become superheroes, and one played someone close to the superhero. Tobey Maguire went on to portray Spiderman. Charlize Theron was Mary, in Hancock. Paul Rudd recently played Ant-Man, and Michael Caine was Alfred in The Dark Knight trilogy. J.K. Simmons played J. Jonas Jameson with Toby McGuire in the Spider-Man trilogy. See more »

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As Wally and Candy arrive at the orphanage, Curly can be seen running down the steps to approach their car. He looks as if he's helping to open the door, directly in front of Candy. However in the next shot Curly's seen running in from the left to introduce himself to Candy. 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 Spider-Man (2002) See more »

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Count My Fingers
Composed by Jack Trombey
Published by Rouge Music Ltd. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of DeWolfe Music Ltd.
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An ample helping of the warm and fuzzies.
16 August 2000 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Part of the charm of "Cider House Rules", a coming-of-age movie with Tobey Maguire at the center, is the finesse with which it presents itself as a "feel good" movie when most of the characters have precious little to feel good about. The film could easily have had a harder edge to it. However, the makers of this carefully crafted film tiptoe so adroitly around such issues as abortion, murder, infidelity, and incest as to leave the audience with an ample helping of the warm and fuzzies. The film deserves high marks for enjoyability and for bringing back the charm of Hollywood's golden years.


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