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The Cider House Rules (1999)

aka The Cider House Rules

"A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong."

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Details: 126 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)


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A great movie - great story, excellent acting and a great feeling to the movie.

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Small Homer Wells
Small Candy Kendall
Small Arthur Rose
Small Lt. Wally Worthington
Small Dr. Wilbur Larch
Small Nurse Edna
Small Nurse Angela
Small Rose Rose
Small Buster
Small Olive Worthington
Small Peaches
Small Mary Agnes
No_movie_poster Muddy
No_movie_poster Jack
Small Fuzzy


No_movie_poster Bobby Cohen Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Alan C. Blomquist Producer
Small Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Billy Hopkins Casting
No_movie_poster Rachel Portman Music
No_movie_poster Suzanne Smith Casting
No_movie_poster Lasse Hallström Director
No_movie_poster Leslie Holleran Producer
No_movie_poster Meryl Poster Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Kerry Barden Casting
No_movie_poster David Gropman Production Design
No_movie_poster Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costume Design
No_movie_poster Lisa Zeno Churgin Editor
No_movie_poster Beth A. Rubino Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Richard N. Gladstein Producer
No_movie_poster Oliver Stapleton Director of Photography
No_movie_poster John Irving Novel
No_movie_poster Michele Platt Producer
No_movie_poster Lila Yacoub Producer
No_movie_poster Karen Schulz Gropman Art Direction
No_movie_poster Sharyn Cordice Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Brenda McNally Hairstylist
No_movie_poster Peggy Schierholz Hairstylist
No_movie_poster Ellie Winslow Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Barbara A. Hall Unit Production Manager
No_movie_poster Katia Milani Post Production Supervisor
No_movie_poster Diana Zock Production Supervisor
Small Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
No_movie_poster John Irving Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Lisa Zeno Churgin Editing


"A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong."


Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), an orphan, is the film's protagonist. He grew up in an orphanage directed by Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine) after being returned twice by foster parents; his first foster parents thought he was too quiet and the second parents beat him. Dr. Larch is addicted to ether and is also secretly an abortionist. Larch trains Homer in obstetrics and abortions as an apprentice, despite Homer never even having attended high school. Homer disapproves of abortions, though, and, although he has been trained by Larch in the field, refuses to perform them.

The film continues as Homer decides to leave the orphanage with Candy Kendall (Charlize Theron) and her boyfriend, Wally Worthington (Paul Rudd), a young couple who work at the Worthington family apple orchard and had come to the clinic to have an abortion. Wally leaves to fight in World War II. While Wally is away, Homer and Candy have an affair. Later, Wally's plane is shot down and he is paralyzed from the waist down. When he returns home, Candy takes care of him and leaves Homer.

While he is away from the orphanage, Homer lives on the Worthington estate. He goes to work picking apples with Arthur Rose's (Delroy Lindo) team. Arthur and his team are migrant workers who are employed seasonally at the orchard by the Worthingtons. Arthur rapes and impregnates his own daughter, Rose Rose (Erykah Badu), and Homer, who disapproves of abortions, realizes that in Rose's case, he must perform one for her. Later, when Rose Rose tries to run away, her father notices and goes to say goodbye. Fearing that he will attempt to rape her a second time, she stabs him and flees. At a last request, the dying Arthur asks the other workers to tell the police that his death was a suicide. Eventually, Homer decides to return to the orphanage after Dr. Larch's death from inhaling an ether overdose, and works as the new director.

At the end of the film, Homer learns that Larch had faked Homer's medical record to keep him out of the war, and later made fake credentials for Homer in order to convince the board overseeing the orphanage to appoint him as the next director. Finally, Homer fills the paternal role that Larch previously held for the children of the orphanage.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1999-12-17 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-08-15