The Cider House Rules (1999) Poster


The scenes featuring the orphanage were filmed at the Northampton State Hospital, an abandoned mental asylum in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Liv Tyler and Tori Spelling were considered for the role of Candy Kendall.
One of the attractions of adapting the film for author John Irving was that he wanted his son, Colin Irving, to play Wally Worthington. However, as the development process took over a decade, eventually his son was too old for the part and was not known enough to be considered for it in any event. However, the role of Major Winslow did ultimately provide Colin Irving a part in the film.
The film was originally to be directed by Phillip Borsos, but he died before financial backing could be secured.
The orphan that gets into the pie dough and eats all of it and is shown throwing up all over the orphanage is named 'Steerforth'. Steerforth is the name of one of the main character's friends in the Charles Dickens book "David Copperfield" which Homer reads to the children in their bedroom.
John Irving subsequently wrote two novels - 'Until I Find You' (2005) and 'Last Night In Twisted River' (2009) which feature characters who win the 1999 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay that Irving won for this movie. Irving also wrote a nonfiction book, My Movie Business: A Memoir, about his experience with and opinions on his books that have become movies, with a particular focus on The Cider House Rules.
John Irving makes a brief cameo as the St. Cloud stationmaster.
Michael Winterbottom was once set to direct but pulled out due to his impatience with the lengthy development process.
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Jan Sverák refused to direct it.
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