'The Cider House Rules' | 1999

Some 14 years before his role in "The Great Gatsby," Tobey Maguire played Homer Wells in "The Cider House Rules." "Cider House Rules," based on the 1985 novel by John Irving, followed Homer's life from his boyhood in an orphanage, where he is raised by the resident physician Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine), to his unwilling training under Dr. Larch as an obstetrician and abortion provider, to his love affair with a war veteran's wife. The film tackled some weighty issues, including abortion and incest, portraying Homer's inner struggle as he witnessed the horrors of botched abortions in an era in which the practice was still illegal. "He learns that the real world is not all so black and white -- it's very gray," producer Richard Gladstein told the L.A. Times in 2000. The film won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay and another for Caine's performance.
Miramax Films
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