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>
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 non-fiction 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. See more »
When Wally, Candy, and Homer leave St. Cloud's for the first time, Candy is lying down in the back seat. When they drive down the dirt road, she is sitting up. In the next shot, she is lying down again. 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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King Kong, Original 1933 Score
("The Snake", "The Bird", "The Swimmers")
Composed by Max Steiner
Performed by The Moscow Symphony,
Conducted by William T. Stromberg
Published by Bourne Co. (ASCAP)
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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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