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The Cider House Rules
Image:Cider 1.jpg
Directed by Lasse Hallström
Written by John Irving
Starring Tobey Maguire,
Michael Caine,
Charlize Theron,
Paul Rudd
Delroy Lindo
Produced by Richard N. Gladstein
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date 17 December 1999 (limited)
Runtime 126 min.
Language English
Budget $24,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb page

This article relates to the film, The Cider House Rules (film) directed by Lasse Hallström. The Cider House Rules (novel) is also a 1985 novel by John Irving. Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Cider_1. ... Jump to: navigation, search Lars Hallström (born Lasse Hallström on 2 June 1946) is a Swedish film director. ... Jump to: navigation, search John Winslow Irving (born March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (for The Cider House Rules, based on his novel of the same name). ... Jump to: navigation, search Tobias Vincent Maguire (born June 27, 1975 in Santa Monica, California) is an American film actor. ... Jump to: navigation, search Michael Caine Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, CBE (born 14 March 1933), known professionally as Sir Michael Caine, is an Oscar winning English film actor. ... Jump to: navigation, search Charlize Theron Charlize Theron at the Academy Awards ceremony 2005 Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975 in Benoni, South Africa) is an Oscar winning South African actress. ... Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor. ... Delroy Lindo Delroy Lindo (born November 18, 1952, Eltham, London, England, UK) is a British born, American actor. ... Miramax is a Big Ten film distribution and production company. ... Jump to: navigation, search December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1999(MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Jump to: navigation, search Lars Hallström (born Lasse Hallström on 2 June 1946) is a Swedish film director. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Cider House Rules book cover This article relates to the novel, The Cider House Rules by John Irving. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the year. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Jump to: navigation, search John Winslow Irving (born March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (for The Cider House Rules, based on his novel of the same name). ...

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Plot of The Cider House Rules

Homer Wells (Maguire), an un-adopted orphan, is the film's central protagonist; Homer grew up in an orphanage directed by Dr. Wilbur Larch (Caine). Dr. Larch is also secretly an abortionist, and believes that he is doing "The Lords Work" and trains Homer in the realm of gynecology/abortions in a paternal sense. The film continues as Homer decides to leave the orphanage with Candy Kendall (Theron) and her boyfriend Wally Worthington (Rudd), a young couple who work at the Worthington family apple orchard. Wally leaves to fight in World War Two, but his plane is shot down over Burma. Believing Wally to be dead, Homer and Candy have an affair. Wally is found alive and brought home, much to the chagrin of Homer. Mr. Rose and his team are migrant workers who are emplyed seasonally at the orchard by the Worthingtons. Mr. Rose's daughter, Rose Rose, becomes pregnant with his baby, and Homer performs an abortion on her. Homer decides to return to the orphanage after the death of Dr. Larch, and works as the new director. Jump to: navigation, search An orphan (from the Greek ορφανός) is a person (or animal), one or both of whose parents have died. ... Jump to: navigation, search An abortion is the premature termination of pregnancy resulting in the death of any or all carried embryo(s) or fetus(es). ... German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the worlds nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing tens of millions of lives. ... Jump to: navigation, search Death is the cessation of physical life in a living organism or the state of the organism after that event. ...


Due to time restrains, the film excludes many portions of the novel, including the main characters Melony (another orphan) and Angel (Candy and Homer's secret child).


Controversy

The film clearly supports a woman's right to an abortion. Dr. Larch, the film's primary abortion-advocate, feels strongly towards the "left" on the subject because he believs an infant who is unwanted is too emotionally painful for the mother and the child. Homer is initially reluctant with the subject, but understands Dr. Larch's perception when he must perform an abortion on Rose Rose. The film also introduces adoption as an alternative. For the direction left, see left and right. ... Jump to: navigation, search Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. ...


Many pro-life groups contend that the uncommon scenario of a father-daughter rape is not a strong argument for the legalization of all abortions. Pro-life organizations state that the film is pro-choice propaganda, and the assumption that Homer will grow up to be a moral man if he performs abortions is a poor image. Jump to: navigation, search Pro-life is a self-descriptive term used in English-speaking countries, and especially the United States of America for those who hold life, or the sanctity of life, or the right to life to be universal values, and seek their enforcement by legislation or constitutional... Pro-Choice is a common self-description used by people who believe that a woman should have the absolute legal right to have an abortion. ... A moral in basically me doing your mom. ...


Academy Awards

  • Won - Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael Caine
  • Won - Best Adapted Screenplay: John Irving
  • Nominated - Best Picture: Richard N. Gladstein
  • Nominated - Best Director: Lasse Hallström
  • Nominated - Best Editing: Lisa Zeno Churgin
  • Nominated - Best Music, Original Score: Rachel Portman
  • Nominated - Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: David Gropman and Beth A. Rubino

See Also

Jump to: navigation, search The Cider House Rules book cover This article relates to the novel, The Cider House Rules by John Irving. ... Jump to: navigation, search John Winslow Irving (born March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (for The Cider House Rules, based on his novel of the same name). ... Pro-Choice is a common self-description used by people who believe that a woman should have the absolute legal right to have an abortion. ... Jump to: navigation, search Pro-life is a self-descriptive term used in English-speaking countries, and especially the United States of America for those who hold life, or the sanctity of life, or the right to life to be universal values, and seek their enforcement by legislation or constitutional...

External Links

http://imdb.com/title/tt0124315/


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