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The scenes featuring the orphanage were filmed at the Northampton State Hospital, an abandoned mental asylum in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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John Irving makes a brief cameo as the St. Cloud stationmaster.
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The film was originally to be directed by Phillip Borsos, but he died before financial backing could be secured.
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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.
Liv Tyler and Tori Spelling were considered for the role of Candy Kendall.
Tobey Maguire got the lead role after his best friend Leonardo DiCaprio turned it down.
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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.
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The exterior of the orphanage was shot at the Ventfort Hall estate in Lenox, MA.
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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"
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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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Michael Caine used John Huston as the basis for his New England accent.
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