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The Cider House Rules

Original title
The Cider House Rules
Year
Running time
125 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
John Irving (Novel: John Irving)
Music
Rachel Portman
Cinematography
Oliver Stapleton
Cast
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Producer
FilmColony / Miramax. Distributed by Alliance Atlantis Communications
Genre
Drama. Romance | Adoption. Romantic Drama
Movie Groups
John Irving Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
THE CIDER HOUSE RUES, an expertly crafted and intelligent adapation of John Irving's novel, explores themes of disappointment, ideas of moral ambiguity, and, indeed, lessons about life itself, woven into a dramatic story that is neither slow nor sentimental. Tobey Maguire is the immensely likable Homer Wells, a lifelong resident of a Maine orphanage who comes of age during WWII under the auspices of its director, Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine). Larch is pragmatic, progressive, highly intelligent, and loathe to let Homer go out into the world. He sees him as a son, and the only one whose medical training allows for him to take over when he retires from his job as physician, obstetrician, and illegal abortionist. When ingenue Candy (Charlize Theron) and air force adventurer Wally (Paul Rudd), come to Larch for help with an abortion, Homer befriends the couple and, against Larch's wishes, sets off with them to see the world, or at least the rest of Maine. Working at an apple orchard owned by Wally's mother (Kate Nelligan), Homer lives and works with a group of African-American migrant workers, among them the morally ambiguous Mr. Rose Delroy Lindo and his beloved daughter Rose Rose (Erykah Badu in a stunning debut). When Wally goes off to war, and Rose Rose gets into a complex and frightening situation, Homer is faced with serious choices and dilemmas that can only be solved by the wisdom he has learned from Larch. A classic, old-fashioned-style American film that deals directly with sensitive and taboo issues, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES is a beautifully acted, carefully paced story full of substance.
Awards
1999: 2 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Adapted Screenplay. 7 Nominations
1999: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine) and Screenplay
1999: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine)
1999: National Board of Review: Best Screenplay
1999: Nominated for Golden Lion in el Venice Film Festival: Director (Lasse Hallström)
1999: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Film
1999: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1999: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Caine). 2 Nominations
1999: Chicago Film Critics Association: Nom. for Best Original Score
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