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The Cider House Rules [Region 4]

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Format: DVD (M)
Release Date: 08 November 2006

Adapted by Oscar winner John Irving from his own bestseller, The Cider House Rules is a rich and rapturous tale about family, love and the search to find a place and purpose in the world.

Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) has spent his entire life right were he was born: St. Cloud's orphanage. Here with the unconventional but loving tutelage of Dr Wilbur Larch (1999 Academy Award winner, Michael Caine), Homer has flourished. His life has been simple, innocent and fulfilling. Yet now, as he approaches manhood, Homer yearns to explore the world for himself. When he sets off on his own personal journey, Homer is suddenly introduced to a bigger world full of new experiences - love, friendship, danger, tragedy and betrayal - all of which will profoundly change him and, ultimately, confirm his destiny.


This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.

Run Time: 121 minutes
Region: 4
Publisher: Reel
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Graham on
We viewed this movie last night. I had enjoyed the book (by John Irving) some years ago and hoped that this DVD would remind me of the pleasure the book had provided.It certainly did! The acting by Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine and the rest of the cast was excellent of course. The settings of the orphanage and other places were authentic looking too. We especially loved the talented natural behaviour of the children. A top movie!
Esmae on
very good and interesting movie to watch with good actors
diver on
Cider House Rules is a movie that I have seen three times now, and i still can't understand why it was nominated for a slew of awards. Michael Caine recieved an oscar for his role as the doctor of the orphanage and although he was very good, the movie for me is let down by a poor performance by Tobey Maguire as the main character, and it is also let down by the pacing.
Lee on
Goodnight goodnight, you sons of kings, you kings of....etc...etc. I forget exactly what he said.

This movie received several academy award nominations and if I'm not mistaken Michael Cain won an award for his role as the essentric doctor taking care of all those boys in that orphanage.

Watching this, I found myself wondering how in the world in real world land, would a girl like Charlize Theron end up with a guy like Tobey Maguire. In the Cider house rules, it seems so unlikely as well. Tobey is a little too mopey to be attactive, and when coupled with Charlize, he seems like a little boy given too much candy. All in all an ok watch, but totally unbelieavable with the romance.
Anette on
this is such a beautifully shot film- its colouring reminds me of chocolat in a way. tobey macguire's orphan character first meets charlize theron's character and her husband when they come to his adopted 'father's' practise and get an abortion (although the doctor is not officially liscenced) and fall in love. a beautful, sad movie
Jennifer on
What a beautiful movie. One of Charlize Theron's earlier masterpieces, she gives a stunning performance as the wife of a man who goes to war, and falls in love with Tobey Maguires' character. This beautiful film deals with abortion, loyalty and love. Stunning.
Yue on
some might pass over this movie because of of the material on abortion, but I think that would be a mistake. True, there will never be a movie where they show the typical face of abortion, women who have other options but don't take them, but at least this film doesn't ram its views down your throat. Rather, the story is a lot like the music, gentle and relaxed, moving at the pace of the wide eyed innocent, Homer. I love Lasse's movies anyway, and wasn't disappointed with this one. He brings you along without any high drama, infusing things with a sweetness most directors pass over in favor of over the top action and dialogue.

Give this movie a chance. It's a deftly crafted piece with a slew of great performances. A nice surprise.
Hieu on
A fairly well hyped movie that doesn’t really have a great plot but which succeeds mainly due to the acting which is of an admirable enough level. It’s also great to see spiderman before he was spiderman. The story is interesting at times but for some reason failed to really connect with me at any meaningful level. Still some may find pleasure here.
blair on
This movie is so absolutly dull, seriosuly, i thought it would be ok coz a bunch of people recomended it and tobey maguire can be a good actor from time to time, but seriously it SUCKS!!!!, though thats my opinion, you may think its great, but yea i dont recomend it
Tessa on
Fair if over long melodrama about a boy who grows up in a country orphanage, becoming the favourite student of the eccentric doctor who runs it. But as he grows the boy finds himself longing for something more. Sentimental, lush and probably a bit too sticky in places but its enjoyable and quite well done.

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