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The Cider House Rules [Blu-ray] [1999]

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • Audio commentary with director Lasse Hallström, screenwriter John Riving and Richard N. Gladstein
    • The Cider Hous Rules: The Making of an American Classic
    • Deleted scenes
    • Theatrical trailer


    The Cider House Rules
    John Irving scripted this screen adaptation of his 1985 novel. Set during World War II, The Cider House Rules concerns Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), an orphan who spent most of his childhood at the St. Cloud Orphanage in rural Maine, where he grew up under the strong but affectionate care of Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine). Larch has passed along his medical education to Homer, and the young man helps the doctor care for abandoned children and the newborn babies of unwed mothers; however, Homer refuses to assist Larch with the illegal abortions that he performs on the side; Homer has moral objections to abortion, while Larch believes in the rights of the individual and sees it as his duty to keep women in need away from dangerous incompetents. Wally Worthington (Paul Rudd), an air-force pilot, brings his girlfriend Candy (Charlize Theron) to St. Cloud for an abortion, and Homer decides to go with them when they leave, hoping to see the world; however, the three end up going no further than the state line, where Wally's mother (Kate Nelligan) runs an apple orchard and cider mill, and Candy's family traps lobsters. When Wally ships off to battle, Homer grows closer to Candy, and the two fall in love. But their idyllic life at the cider mill is interrupted when Rose Rose (Erykah Badu), a field worker at the orchard, becomes pregnant and her father, cider-house foreman Mr. Rose (Delroy Lindo), turns out to be the father of her unborn child. This news coupled with the death of Dr. Larch, forces Homer to take a long look at both his moral principles and his future. Rapper Heavy D appears in the supporting cast as Peaches. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Tobey Maguire
      Tobey Maguire - Homer Wells
    • Charlize Theron
      Charlize Theron - Candy
    • Delroy Lindo
      Delroy Lindo - Mr. Rose
    • Paul Rudd
      Paul Rudd - Wally Worthington
    • Michael Caine
      Michael Caine - Dr. Wilbur Larch

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Cider House Rules


      This movie had me hooked within the first fifteen minutes of the movie. It tells part of the story of one boy's life and throughout there are underlying questions you are provoked into to thinking about. Abortion is one of them as the doctor at the orphanage proforms them illegally. One abortion was obviously self inflicted (or possibly a really bad hack job) when she got to the orphanage she seemed to be in some serious trouble and it makes you wonder how depserate some women may get. I was involved with this movie waiting anxiously to see the next minute and I grinned happily between the areas of deep thought. I loved it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      nice storyline, realistic

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      I enjoyed the storyline and the story behind the title of the movie. The period of the movie depicts a slower paced time when life was not so hectic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie.

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      This is one of those stories that could have been made into two movies.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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      A very controversal story line for the time period . Enjoyed it very much.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Received in timely manner (early delivery!)

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      DVD ordered with minimal effort and received before date promised

      I would recommend this to a friend

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