[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Cider House Rules
A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.
Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him?
“Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.”
Michael Caine’s second Oscar win came from his 1999 supporting role in The Cider House Rules, and despite delivering a solid performance I wouldn’t even rank it amongst his best work. The true standout here was Tobey Maguire who delivers a very subtle performance and is the main reason why the story works so well. I’d say it’s the best performance of his career. The film is old-fashioned (and the references to Dickens’ David Copperfield reinforce that claim even more) as it manages to capture the humanity in the story with a wonderful adaptation from John Irving of his own 1985 novel. The film isn’t afraid of tackling some moral…
The Cider House Rules is a pretty good movie. It's a bit cheesy and the romance subplot feels forced, but it's a heartwarming story nevertheless. The acting by Caine is good, although definitely not Oscar-worthy, not in a year so packed as 1999. The person who surprised me was Tobey Maguire. His performance was really good. The score was really good and really clicked with what was going on on the screen. The scenes at the orphanage(the first half of the movie) were great. When Homer left to see the world, the quality of the movie dropped. There was a forced romance and some underdeveloped characters, but it was still good. An emotional film that deserved a watch.
"Good night Princes of Maine, Kings of New England."
This lovingly crafted drama is buoyed by good performances, a sweet simple story, and beautiful visuals captured by Lasse Hallstrom. Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron are all skilled actors delivering some of their finest works.
This could have been another "Patch Adams," but the creators use restraint and let solid, old-fashioned filmmaking take charge.
John Irvings' book The Cider House Rules is beautiful, poignant, and full of charm. One of my favorite books to date, so I have put off watching the film for some time. And rightly so.
What I have discovered is a hollow, watered down depiction of Irvings' fantastic book. Completely lacking its depth, not to mention story, as it was cut down and changed considerably, it comes as a huge letdown. Charm is turned to sap, and the film is devoid of everything that made the book great, with the exception of Michael Caine who is good as always, but whose characters' passion and brilliance is never revealed. In fact,all the characters are so grossly underdeveloped it almost hurts. All the moral themes which are so prevalent in the book are merely glanced at rather than explored, and carry no weight in the film.
"The Cider House Rules" is well-cast and has some nice performances, particularly from Michael Caine and Charlize Theron, but it suffers from a forced romance and sentimentality.
It's Oscar season. So—like a dutiful masochist—I decided to take a look at some winners and nominees from seasons past, if only to reassure myself that hopelessly middlebrow taste isn't a new development within the Academy...
There's a scene in The Cider House Rules where Charlize Theron is nude, lying on her stomach on a bed in the titular [tee hee!] cider house. She's bein' all 'come hither' of course, so naturally Tobey Maguire gazes longingly at her with his stupid Tobey Maguire face and then proceeds to take his shirt off, revealing his cross-eyed-nippled manchild body for the audience's shock and amusement.
I burst out laughing. I just couldn't help myself. Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron? A couple? They're…
A film whose own bland, inoffensive tone is the most offensive thing about it. Any film about abortion (wether it be for or against) should instill some kind of strong emotional and/or intellectual response in the viewer. Instead, The Cider House Rules leaves you with an odd feeling that, you know, everything is pretty ok. You can't tie everything up with a feel-good bow and still pretend to have something important or even interesting to say about one of the most controversial issues of our time.
Nothing sums up this film's bullshit more than the featurette on the "Bonus Edition" VHS. Titled "The Cider House Rules: The Making Of An American Classic", it's a prime example of the Miramax award…
There are films you see in your youth, in the movie theater, that just dazzle you and involve you and you leave the theater really liking the film. And then you see it at home for the first time in over fifteen years and you see that the little gem you adored is a slow, painstakingly dull, nowhere-near-as-good-as-you-remembered and your head actually hurts from it being hit over and over about how abortion should be legal. Which politically speaking, I don't have a problem with but damn, this one just shoves it down your throat. Maybe I'm older and my tastes have changed, or maybe, back in '99, we all bought the Miramax/Harvey Weinstein hype and thought we were seeing a gem when actually we were watching a somewhat sentimental, politically driven turd.
Después de haber leído Mis líos con el cine, del escritor de la novela, John Irving, el visionado de esta película tiene más gracia. De todos modos no tiene la misma fuerza que la primera vez
god bless Michael Caine
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It's hard to figure out what Academy voters saw in The Cider House Rules. Usually there is one movie that is nominated for just being an overly-sincere crowd pleaser. These movies aren't great, but at least you can see how they captured voters hearts and won. The Cider House Rules is just a big, lifeless thing. I didn't like it, I didn't despise it; in fact, I felt absolutely nothing about it. It is a celluloid dead zone.
It surely had to be difficult to pack a movie with sad orphans, abortion, incest, drug abuse, forbidden love, murder, WWII and the deaths of children and still garner no audience reaction. The Cider House Rules does just that, and does it…
Wonderful, beautiful film about Homer Wells leaving his orphanage, working in an apple orchard, and falling in love for the first time. Every actor in this film was amazing and this film is a must-watch.
That was a really good movie. The melodrama was a bit heavy, but mostly it was just a really well told story. Michael Caine was great. I can see why he got his Academy Award. Tobey Maguire was great. That said, I can see why his career stalled when it did. He is so good at playing this young, coming-of-age type role -- that it's hard to see him transition into different things when he became too old for this.
Good performances all over in this old times film where especially Caine is grand in his role as in most of what i have seen him in and also Maguire shines as the lead. The film has a good feeling to it and is heart warming most of the way in spite of some pretty slow pacing at times. Definitely recommendable.
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Not sure why it took so long for me to get to this. I love Oscar bait and this has it written all over it.
The cast is all pretty good, especially Michael Caine, which is ultimately the only thing that makes this watchable. The romance doesn't ring true at all - in fact most of the relationships don't.
There are some potentially interesting side plots but they're all just there until they're not without any consequence. Like the girl with a crush on Homer. She loves him, is sad when he leaves, slaps herself in the mirror and is finally happy when he returns. So what?
And the fruit picker who murders her father because he sexually abused her and impregnated her is handled in the most polite way. I didn't even know something like that could be handled so politely, but we have it here.
But Michael Caine is good.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…