The Cider House Rules
The book The Cider House Rules was made into the movie The Cider House Rules.
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Movie details for The Cider House Rules
The movie was released in 1999 and directed by Lasse Hallström, who also directed What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Shipping News (2001) and An Unfinished Life (2005). More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, Erykah Badu, Kieran Culkin, Kate Nelligan, Heavy D, K. Todd Freeman, Paz de la Huerta, J.K. Simmons, Evan Parke, Jimmy Flynn, Lonnie Farmer, Erik Per Sullivan, Spencer Diamond and Sean Andrew.
Central to the story (set during World War II) is Homer (Tobey Maguire), a young man raised in a Maine orphanage, where the ether-sniffing Dr. Larch (Michael Caine) rules with benevolent grace while performing safe but illegal abortions. To expand his horizons, Homer follows a young couple (Charlize Theron, Paul Rudd) to do fieldwork on an apple farm, where his innocent eyes are opened to the good and evil of the world--and to the realization that not all rules are steadfast in all situations. By the time Homer returns to the orphanage, The Cider House Rules--which features one of Caine's finest performances--is memorable more for its many charming and insightful moments than for any lasting dramatic impact. Is Homer fated to come full circle in his kindhearted journey? It's left to the viewer to decide. --Jeff Shannon