Synopsis: Homer is an orphan in remote St. Cloud, Maine. Never adopted, he becomes the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch, who imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. When Wally and pregnant Candy visit the orphanage Dr. Larch provides medically safe, albeit illegal, abortions Homer leaves with them to work on Wally's family apple farm. Wally goes off to war, leaving Homer and Candy alone together. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Actors: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd
Production: Miramax
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 29 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
75
Rotten Tomatoes:
71%
PG-13
Year:
1999
126 min
Website
324 Views

FADE IN. BEGIN TITLE SEQUENCE.

EXT. ST CLOUD'S - TRAIN STATION - DAWN

An establishing shot of the rundown train station on an

overcast morning. There's snow on the station platform. A

train arrives and departs.

LARCH (V.O.)

In other parts of the world, young

men of promise leave home to make

their fortunes, battle evil, or solve

the problems of the world.

Behind the station, at the top of the hill, lies the St.

Cloud's orphanage.

LARCH (V.O.)

I was myself such a young man, when

I came to save the orphanage in St.

Cloud's... many years ago.

EXT. ST. CLOUD'S - ORPHANAGE - EARLY MORNING

A man and woman (COUPLE #1) make their way toward the main

entrance of the large brick building.

LARCH (V.O.)

Here in St. Cloud's, I have come to

understand that promises are rarely

kept, that the battle isn't so much

against evil as ignorance, and that

being successful can't hold a candle

to being of *use*.

The couple enters the orphanage, where we hear the sound of

babies.

LARCH (V.O.)

Nor have I solved the problem I came

here to solve.

INT. ORPHANAGE - MORNING

Two nurses, EDNA and ANGELA, chase CHILDREN--a morning

routine.

LARCH (V.O.)

Even in the most enlightened times,

unwanted babies will manage to be

born. That there will always be

orphans is simple not a problem to

be solved. Here is St. Cloud's, we

don't regard the sordid facts of

life as problems.

The camera goes up the stairs with some of the kids.

INT. LARCH'S OFFICE - DAY

We enter an office where DR. LARCH shows couple #1 their

newly adopted son, HOMER, an infant who lies smiling in Dr.

Larch's arms.

LARCH (V.O.)

In truth, we've only had one real

problem.

We close in on the infant until his face fills the screen.

LARCH (V.O.)

His name was Homer Wells.

Dr. Larch hands over the infant to the adopting parents.

LARCH:

I named him after the Greek writer.

You know Homer, of course?

Hesitant nods. (They don't look as if they read.)

LARCH:

I made his name "Wells" because I

could tell he was very deep.

The parents look with pride at their adopted son.

LARCH (V.O.)

In truth, Nurse Angela named him--

her father *drilled* wells, and

"Homer" was one of her family's

umpteen cats.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

John Irving

ohn Winslow Irving is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. more…

All John Irving scripts | John Irving Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Discuss this The Cider House Rules script with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"The Cider House Rules" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 25 Sep. 2018. <https://www.scripts.com/script/the_cider_house_rules_341>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

Watch the movie trailer

The Cider House Rules

The Marketplace:

Sell your Script !

Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.