The Cider House Rules

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With his taste for lengthy melodrama and his idiosyncratic sensibility, John Irving has proved a tricky source for movie-makers; Hallström's film is problematic, but probably the most successful attempt at capturing the tenor, if not the full scope of Irving's vision. Passive and discreet, Maguire is well cast as Homer Wells, the protégé of Dr Larch (Caine, with credible New England accent), who must break free of his mentor to reach full maturity. The first and last acts hold up well enough, with a standout supporting turn from Lindo, but the romantic middle section is less interesting, and Hallström's humanism is possibly a little low key and romantic given such tough themes as abortion and incest.

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Duration: 126 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lasse Hallström
Screenwriter: John Irving
Cast: Tobey Maguire
Charlize Theron
Delroy Lindo
Paul Rudd
Michael Caine
Jane Alexander
Kathy Baker
Kieran Culkin
Kate Nelligan
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