Cider House Rule (Blu-Ray)

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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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 223152513
UPC 031398144311
UPC 14 00031398144311
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/17/2013
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Coming Of Age
Family Life
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England."--Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine)
Variety "...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
Premiere "...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
Lasse Hallstrom
Michael Caine
Tobey Maguire
Charlize Theron
Cast & Crew
K. Todd Freeman - Star
Jane Alexander - Star
Delroy Lindo - Star
Kieran Culkin - Star
Michael Caine - Star
Tobey Maguire - Star
Heavy D - Star
Erykah Badu - Star
Paul Rudd - Star
Kate Nelligan - Star
Kathy Baker - Star
Charlize Theron - Star
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Meryl Poster - Executive Producer
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus - Costume Designer
Bob Weinstein - Executive Producer
Oliver Stapleton - Director of Photography
Richard N. Gladstein - Producer
Lisa Zeno-Churgin - Editor
John Irving - Screenwriter
Rachel Portman - Composer
Bobby Cohen - Executive Producer
David Gropman - Production Designer
Lasse Hallstrom - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
UPC 00031398144311
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Color Color
Name Michael Caine
Award Category Best Supporting Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1999
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name John Irving
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1999
Award Giver Academy Awards
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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