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THE CIDER HOUSE RULES

 
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At Theaters: 1/7/2000 On Video: 8/15/2000
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 9 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129917
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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The story of Homer Wells, a child without parents who is raised and mentored by his orphanage's doctor, a man named Larch. Theirs was an extraordinary bond. Larch taught Homer everything about medicine and a little bit less about right and wrong. All Homer wanted was the one thing Larch couldn't give him.. .rules to live by.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - A wonderful, stirring adaptation of the John Irving novel. The Cider House Rules is the kind of moving drama that anyone over the age of 12 can enjoy.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tobey Maguire (Pleasantville)
Charlize Theron (Celebrity)
Michael Caine (Little Voice)
Delroy Lindo (A Life Less Ordinary)
Paul Rudd (The Object of My Affection)
Director: Lasse Hallstrom (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?)
Producer: Richard N. Gladstein (Hurlyburly)
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About The Production
The Locations
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PROFANITY: Mild and infrequent.
SEX/NUDITY: Full rear view of both a woman and a man. Sexual themes such as incest.
VIOLENCE: One fight and one instance in which a man is repeatedly stabbed.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One character frequently gets high on ether.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: An occasional moment of humor to lighten the tone.
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Excellent
The Cider House Rules does everything right - there are no obvious missteps. Character development is strong. The plot moves at a perfect pace - not so slow that audiences will lose interest, but not so fast that the narrative begins to break down. There are a few unexpected turns, but nothing catastrophic or difficult to swallow, and the movie steers clear of overt manipulation. Emotions generated by this picture (and there are many) seem genuine, not as if the director is forcing us to feel something. The ending is satisfying without being too sentimental. Rachel Portman's score strikes all of the right notes - it is powerful without going over-the-top. And Oliver Stapleton's cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 131 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
13
High
85%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
43
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
60
High
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Homer Wells is an orphan, but he does not lack for a family. Having grown up at St. Cloud's orphanage under the unconventional but loving tutelage of Dr. Wilbur Larch, Homer never wanted for affection. Now, as Homer approaches manhood, he begins to question his future. Homer yearns to explore the world for himself.

Upon meeting a privileged young couple, Homer hitches a ride with them and liberates himself from St. Cloud's. Suddenly Homer's choices are limitless. He is introduced to a bigger world full of new sights, adventures and friendships, as well as tragedy, betrayal and danger. The rules that governed his former life seem obsolete. And when Homer falls in love for the first time, his upbringing offers no guidance. As affection turns to ardor, he experiences the highs and lows, as well as the complicated rewards and responsibilities that come with these new emotions. Suddenly, the consequences of making choices become more acute.

As the course of his new life unfolds, Homer's seemingly simple past collides with his more complex present. Yet, Homer comes to realize that his previous life has provided him with the means to make profound decisions that will change the course of his future.
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