The Cider House Rules: The Making of an American Classic

Synopsis: This made-for-video documentary treats film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Cider House Rules, the adaptation of John Irving's novel about a young man who leaves his orphanage home to learn about the world. Features interviews with Irving himself, as well as with stars Michael Caine and Tobey Maguire and other members of the cast and crew of the film, who share their experiences from working on the project, as well as discuss the special efforts that went into creating the final production.
23 min

In other parts of the world,

young men leave home

and travel far and wide...

in search of a promising future.

Their journeys are often fueled

by dreams of triumphing over evil,

finding a great love...

or the hope of fortunes

easily made.

Here in St. Cloud's, not even

the decision to get off

the train is easily made,

for it requires an earlier,

more difficult decision...

add a child to your life

or leave one behind.

The only reason people journey here

is for the orphanage.

- Good morning.

- We have an appointment.

Yes. Come in.

Welcome to St. Cloud's.

We're going right upstairs

to see Dr. Larch.

I came as a physician

to the abandoned children...

and unhappily pregnant women.

I had hoped to become a hero.

But in St. Cloud's,

there was no such position.

In the lonely, sordid world

of lost children,

there were no heroes

to be found.

And so I became the caretaker

of many,

father of none.

Well, in a way,

there was one.

Here he is.

His name

was Homer Wells.

I named him after

the Greek writer.

You know, Homer, of course?

And I made his name Wells

because I could tell he was...

very deep.

In truth,

Nurse Angela named him.

Her father drilled wells, and she once

owned a cat named Homer.

Bye-bye, Homer.

- Good night,

you Princes of Maine,

- Can we see the doctor?

You Kings of New England.

- Good night.

- Doctor?


There's something wrong with him.

- He never makes a sound.

- He didn't cry.

Orphan babies learn

there's no point in it.

Do you think we could have a look

at someone a little different?

Thus was Homer Wells returned.

He was too happy a baby.

- Bye, Homer.

The second

family to adopt him had a gift

for getting sounds out of Homer.

They beat him.

He couldn't stop crying.

Shh, shh.

Shh, shh, shh.

It's okay now.

Nobody's gonna hurt you


Here in St.

Cloud's, I try to consider with

each rule I make or break...

that my first priority

is an orphan's future.

Twice adopted,

twice returned.

It didn't bode well.

And yet it was always clear to

me that he was a special boy.

Near the angle of the rib. And...

- It was with

Homer's future in mind...

- Homer?

- That I began his tutorials.

- If you're going to stay at St. Cloud's,

I expect you to be of use.

I admit

that our lessons were, in part,

- the simple expression

of a father's love.

- Homer.

But in failing to

withhold love...

and making the orphanage

his home,

had I created a true

and everlasting orphan?

- No!

- Keep breathing. You're gonna be okay.

And so my

excellent pupil learned to look

after abandoned children...

- and to deliver unwanted babies.

- Relax!

Long ago, I had decided

that sometimes...

it was the women

who needed to be delivered.

I chose my own path.

No one would ever choose

for Homer Wells.

Dr. Larch!

Dr. Larch!

Dr. Larch?

We have two new patients.

- One to deliver.

- Coming.

- First pregnancy?

- Yes, for both.

I presume you'd prefer

handling the delivery?

All I said was,

I don't wanna perform abortions.

I have no argument

with you performing them.

You know how to help these women.

How can you not feel obligated...

to help them when they can't

get help anywhere else?

It's illegal. Two: I didn't ask

how to do it. You just showed me.

What else could I have shown

you, Homer? The only thing

I can teach you is what I know.

In any life,

you have to be of use.

Of use? Of use.

That was good, Carla. That was perfect.

Everything's gonna be fine.

- I don't wanna see it.

- You don't have to see it, dear.

Don't worry.

I don't even wanna know

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Shannon McIntosh

Shannon McIntosh (born July 24, 1989) is an American auto racing driver who competes in the ARCA Racing Series, recently competing for Cunningham Motorsports. She previously raced in the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Pabst Racing Services and with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in 2011. She also drove for legendary car builder and owner Bob East in 2010 in the USAC Midgets.Born and raised in Miamisburg, Ohio, McIntosh began her racing career at age 5 and has amassed over 100 combined victories through Quarter Midgets and USAC Midgets. In 2012, McIntosh was the only female competitor in the US F2000 National Championship and the only American female in The Road to Indy. McIntosh has been sponsored by companies like TrueCar and Tag Hauer while adorning a racing suit by AlpineStars and uses Arai Helmet. Recently, McIntosh partnered with Dallas Mavericks and American businessman Mark Cuban with the social media app called Cyber Dust.McIntosh competed for the October 2011 cover of Seventeen as one of five finalists chosen from 35,000 applicants which also included a docu-reality special on MTV.She finished eighth in the 2011 U.S. F2000 National Championship Her best race finish was eighth (twice) and 18th in the 2012 U.S. F2000 National Championship, scoring a best finish of eleventh. After working diligently for a drive during the 2013 season, McIntosh earned an opportunity to race part-time in the ARCA Racing Series for Cunningham Motorsports. Competing in the Scott Get Geared Up 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, McIntosh drove from 29th to score a respectable 15th-place finish in the race. more…

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