DVD 126 mins IMDB 7.4 (22,609 votes)
The Cider House Rules
Miramax (1999)
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USA  /  English

Tobey Maguire Homer Wells
Charlize Theron Candy Kendall
Delroy Lindo Mr. Rose
Paul Rudd Wally Worthington
Michael Caine Dr. Wilbur Larch
Jane Alexander Nurse Edna
Kathy Baker Nurse Angela
Erykah Badu Rose Rose
Kieran Culkin Buster
Kate Nelligan Olive Worthington
Heavy D Peaches
K. Todd Freeman Muddy
Paz de la Huerta Mary Agnes
J.K. Simmons Ray Kendall
Evan Parke Jack (as Evan Dexter Parke)

Director Lasse Hallström; Lasse Hallstrom
Producer Richard Gladstein
Writer John Irving
Cinematography Oliver Stapleton
Musician Rachel Portman
User Credit 1 Lisa Zeno Churgin
User Credit 2 Renee Ehrlich Kalfus

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

Edition Details
Barcode 717951004918
Region Region 1
Chapters 37
Release Date 9/7/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.0 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.0
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Mature thematic elements, sexuality, nudity, substance abuse and some violence.
User Text 2 A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.
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Trivia: Michael Winterbottom was once set to direct but pulled out due to artistic differences with John Irving. (more)

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: When Homer speaks to Rose about her condition (while she is doing dishes) an actor's mark is visible on the floor. (more)

Quotes: Homer: I've looked at so many women. I've seen everything, and felt nothing. But when I look at you, it hurts. (more)

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 26 nominations (more)