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The Cider House rules

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.

Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) has spent his entire life right where he was born: St Cloud's Orphanage. Here with the unconventional but loving tutelage of Doctor Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine), Homer has flourished. His life has been simple, innocent and fulfilling. yet now, as 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.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama orphan doctor abortion rape child abuse incest

Persons of interest

  • Tobey Maguire .... Homer Wells
  • Charlize Theron .... Candy Kendall
  • Delroy Lindo .... Mr Rose
  • Paul Rudd .... Wally Worthington
  • Michael Caine .... Dr Wilbur Larch
  • Jane Alexander .... Nurse Edna
  • Kathy Baker .... Nurse Angela
  • Erykah Badu .... Rose Rose
  • Kieran Culkin .... Buster
  • Kate Nelligan .... Olive Worthington
  • Heavy D .... Peaches
  • K Todd Freeman .... Muddy
  • Paz de la Huerta .... Mary Agnes
  • JK Simmons .... Ray Kendall
  • Evan Parke .... Jack
  • Jimmy Flynn .... Vernon
  • Lonnie Farmer .... Hero
  • Erik Per Sullivan .... Fuzzy
  • John Irving .... Author
  • John Irving .... Screenwriter
  • Lasse Hallström .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Sunday roast.

The Cider House rules is filmic meat and three veg: hearty, filling and traditional. The story has a rich, meaty flavour that carries you through a good couple of hours. The characters are like roast potatoes, golden crispy on the outside and fluffy soft on the inside. The setting is a thick brown gravy smothering all the other ingredients while allowing individual flavours to come through.

Like any good, square meal, The Cider House rules will satisfy your appetite and comfort your taste buds. It has been carefully roasted in a slow oven and basted in its own juices. It's the comforting taste of homeliness without having to wash the dishes afterwards. Salt and pepper have been added judiciously, subtly enough so as not to overpower but strong enough to tickle your tonsils.

Serves any-sized family with lots of leftovers for cold sandwiches tomorrow.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
  • Features
    • Commentary: Lasse Hallström, John Irving, Richard N Gladstein (Producer)
    • Deleted scenes: 5
    • Documentary: The making of an American classic
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English captions
  • Trailer: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, medium level sex scene, low level violence)

Surveillance time

114 minutes (1:54 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 14 February 2001

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