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The Cider House Rules


Wed Feb 26 2014, 3:00pm
Wed Feb 26 2014, 7:30pm

Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, City Hall, Singapore

Restrictions: R16

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer: John Irving
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron
1999 \ US \ 125 min \ NC16 (Brief nudity)

The Cider House Rules is based on John Irving’s novel of the same name. The film follows Homer Wells, an orphan who becomes a skilled but unlicensed physician under the tutelage of orphanage director Dr. Larch, who is secretly an abortionist.

Yearning for a life outside the orphanage, Homer leaves with a couple, Candy Kendall and Wally Worthington, and works on the Worthington apple farm. There, he meets with circumstances and happenings that shape and change his beliefs, leading to his eventual return to the orphanage.

The Cider House Rules was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and went on to win two. Because of time constraints, many parts of the novel were excluded from the film. John Irving, who also wrote the screenplay, has stated that he did not want to write an adaptation that could not do justice to these subplots and characters, so he chose to omit them instead.

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