The Cider House Rules

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Released 1999

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Director:
Lasse Hallström
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
The Cider House Rules is the 1999, Oscar nominated drama produced by Nina Saxon Film Design and released by Miramax Films. Set in the 1940s, the film tells the story of Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire, Spider Man, The Good German, Pleasantville), a young man born in an orphanage in a remote part of Maine. As Homer grows up, he is virtually adopted as a son by Dr. Wilbur Larch (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Alfie), the doctor in charge of the orphanage, who trains Homer to become his assistant, even though Homer has no medical qualifications. Eventually, Homer moves away to work on an apple farm and as a lobster fisherman. Homer's motives for leaving the orphanage are twofold. Firstly, he wants to see the world outside the small town where he grew up. Secondly, he has moral scruples about the fact that Dr. Larch, whom he otherwise respects, is carrying out abortions which were unlawful at the time.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The author's fantastical world of wonders and the director's tender-hearted compassion mesh into what is easily the finest film realization of an Irving novel.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    That Irving adapted his novel to the screen himself and, even more, that Hallström directed it, makes Cider House a far better film than other film adaptations of Irving's work.

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    A touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.

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