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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 223152513
UPC: 031398144311
UPC 14: 00031398144311
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A comedic, dark fairy tale about an eccentric, unhinged drifter who appears out of nowhere to help a struggling family deal with loss in the most unconventional of ways.
Editor's Note
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, 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.


Video Features Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/17/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 125 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video UPC UPC: 00031398144311
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info K. Todd Freeman
Video Cast Info Jane Alexander
Video Cast Info Delroy Lindo
Video Cast Info Kieran Culkin
Video Cast Info Michael Caine
Video Cast Info Tobey Maguire
Video Cast Info Heavy D
Video Cast Info Erykah Badu
Video Cast Info Paul Rudd
Video Cast Info Kate Nelligan
Video Cast Info Kathy Baker
Video Cast Info Charlize Theron
Video Cast Info Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Meryl Poster - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Renee Ehrlich Kalfus - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Bob Weinstein - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stapleton - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Richard N. Gladstein - Producer
Video Cast Info Lisa Zeno-Churgin - Editor
Video Cast Info John Irving - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Rachel Portman - Composer
Video Cast Info Bobby Cohen - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info David Gropman - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Lasse Hallstrom - Director

Memorable Quotes

"Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England."----Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine)

Professional Reviews

"...A touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies..." p.48-50

Rolling Stone
"...Earnest, well-acted....[Caine is] a masterful actor in peak form..." 02/03/2000 p.68-9

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...[THE CIDER HOUSE RULES] is a stunning achievement--lovingly photographed and emotionally transcendent..." 02/??/2000 p.33

Entertainment Weekly
"...Lyrical..." -- Rating: B 01/21/2000 p.82

"...Fine, subtle work from Caine and the ever-impressive Maguire..." -- 3 out of 5 stars 09/01/2000 p.85

Los Angeles Times
"...[A] superb adaptation....Irving and Hallstrom move way beyond the predictable to ponder the way in which everyone must make his or her way through life's constant interplay of choice and fate....They've been aided immeasurably by a large cast..." 12/10/1999 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Michael Caine's performance is one of his best, and Charlize Theron is sweet and direct..." 12/17/1999 p.37

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