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 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 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.
" The Cider House Rules " has the unusual distinction of been given a 12 certificate by the British censor and an 18 cert by his Irish counterpart. As the two territories share the Northern Ireland border, there would have been the anomaly that a 17 year old in Dundalk wouldn't have been able to see it, while a 12 year old in Newry 14 miles up the road could have bought a ticket with no difficulty!
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. Jonah Jameson with Toby Maguire in the Spider-Man trilogy and Commissioner Gordon in the DC universe.