Monday, March 21, 2016

The Cider House Rules (1999)

Academy Awards, USA 2000

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Michael Caine
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
John Irving
Best Picture
Richard N. Gladstein
Best Director
Lasse Hallström
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
David Gropman (art director)
Beth A. Rubino (set decorator)
Best Film Editing
Lisa Zeno Churgin
Best Music, Original Score
Rachel Portman

Directed by Lasse Hallström
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Lionsgate)

Michael Caine is a doctor at a remote Maine orphanage in the days of WWII. He trains orphan Tobey Maguire to deliver babies and perform the occasional abortion. However, Maguire unexpectedly leaves to work on a farm one summer. There he falls in love with Charlize Theron, the lonely girlfriend of a flyer sent off to the war. He also helps a pregnant migrant worker who is the victim of incest. Eventually, Charlize's boyfriend returns and Maguire decides to return to the orphanage to pick up where he left off. A depressing parade of abused orphans, abortion, rape, incest and drug abuse, with Maguire smirking his way through it all.

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