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>
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. See more »
The scenes at the drive-in feature a full cinemascope-sized screen. Cinemascope was not available until 1953. See more »
[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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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 See more »
Moral dilemmas presented in an easily digestible form
Sentimental but well-told, visually beautiful and enjoyable story of an orphanage and the moral dilemmas of abortion, exploring emotional issues from leaving home and fatherhood, to first love, self-discovery and the burdens of responsibility. "Sometimes you have to break the rules to make things right."
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