THE CIDER HOUSE RULES  (1999)
Key Passages
-- approximate times given are marked from the beginning of the film, not the video tape --

--scenes marked with an asterisk (*) indicate scene titles used in the DVD "scene selection" feature--

0:01:32  Introduction to St. Cloud's
Dr. Larch: 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.

0:02:07  Dr. Larch's Vision
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.

0:03:57  The Nature of Orphan Babies
Larch:  He didn't cry.  Orphan babies learn there's no point in it.

0:04:28  Larch on Rules
Larch:  Here at St. Cloud's I try to consider, with each rule I make or break, that my first priority is an orphan's future.

0:05:04  Larch Educates Homer
Larch:  Homer, If you're going to stay at St. Cloud's, I expect you to be of use.

0:05:35  Larch on Women
Larch:  Long ago I had decided that sometimes it was the women who needed to be delivered.

0:05:52  Homer's Future
Larch:  I chose my own path.  No one would ever choose for Homer Wells.

0:07:08  Two New Patients
Larch:  First pregnancy?
Homer:  Yes, for both.
Larch:  I presume you'd prefer handling the delivery?
Homer:  All I said was I don't want to perform abortions.  I have no argument with you performing them...
Larch:  You know how to help these women; how can you not feel obligated to help them when they can't get help anywhere else?
Homer:  One, it's illegal; and two, I didn't ask how to do it, you just showed me.
Larch:  What else could I have shown you?  The only thing that I can teach you is what I know.  In any life, you have to be of use.

0:08:15  In the Nursery
Nurse Edna:  Wilbur, the adopting couple is waiting in your office.
Larch:  Life is waiting; let them wait.

0:11:32  Bedtime
Larch:  Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England!

0:14:59  Curly Wants a Family
Homer:  They wanted a girl, Curly.
Curly:  Nobody ever wants me.
Homer:  Oh no, hey, hey, come on, come here.  You know, you're one of the best, Curly, and we wouldn't let just anyone take you.
Curly:  Dr. Larch wouldn't let just anyone take any of us.
Homer:  Well that's true.
Curly:  Nobody's asked for me, have they?
Homer:  Nobody special enough, Curly.
Curly:  You mean somebody asked?!
Homer:  Only the right people can have you.

0:19:32  Definition of an Immigrant
Fuzzy:  Did you grow up around here?
Larch:  No, I was an immigrant.
Fuzzy:  What's an immigrant?
Larch:  Someone not from Maine.

*0:21:00  Hard Being an Orphan
Buster:  Homer, did you ever think about trying to find your parents?
Homer:  Not really.
Buster:  Why not?
Homer:  Well, they never did the things parents are supposed to do.  Dr. Larch did those things, and Nurse Edna and Nurse Angela.
Buster:  Well, I wish I could meet mine anyway, sometimes.
Homer:  What for...
Buster:  Well like to show 'em that I could cook a little.
Homer:  Mm hmm...
Buster:  And that I can drive a truck...
Homer:  Mm hmm...
Buster:  Sometimes I wanna meet them so I can kill 'em--just so I can kill 'em.  <giggles and pauses>  You know I'd never kill anyone, right?
Homer:  Mm hmm, I know.
Buster:  I think Mary Agnes could kill someone.
Homer:  I don't think so--no, she's...she's just an emotional girl.
Buster:  What's she so emotional about?
Homer:  She got left here like the rest of us, didn't she?

0:24:08  Doing Nothing
Larch:  If she had come to you four months ago and asked for a simple D and C what would you have done?  Nothing!  This is what doing nothing gets you.  It means that somebody else is gonna do the job--some moron who doesn't know how.  You should have come to me, dear child.

*0:24:32  She Died of Ignorance
Buster:  What'd she die of?
Larch:  She died of secrecy.  She died of ignorance.  Homer, if you expect people to be responsible for their children, you have to give them the right to decide whether or not to have children.  Wouldn't you agree?
Homer:  I'm not expecting people to be responsible enough to control themselves to begin with.
Larch:  How about this child?  Do you expect her to be responsible?
Homer:  I'm not talking about her.  I'm talking about adults. You know who I mean.

0:25:14  Making Decisions
Larch:  <Looks back at Homer>
Homer:  What?
Larch:  It's just a marvel to me that you still have such high expectations of people.
Homer:  Well I'm happy I amuse you.
Larch:  Look at it this way--what choice does Buster have?  What are his options?  Nobody will ever adopt him.
Homer:  Look at it this way--Buster and I are sitting here right beside you; we could've ended up in the incinerator.
Larch:  Happy to be alive, under any circumstances--is that your point?
Homer:  Happy to be alive?  Yeah, I guess so.

0:33:36  Homer Is Leaving
Larch:  Are you so stupid you imagine you're gonna find a more gratifying life?  What you will find is people like the poor people who get left here only nobody takes care of them half as well, and you won't be able to take care of them either.  There's no taking care of anybody--not out there.
Homer:  You know I'm grateful for everything that you've done for me.
Larch:  I don't need your gratitude.
Homer:  I don't need this; I know all about my condition.
Larch.  It's your heart; you ought to take it with you.

0:45:08  Homer Meets Mr. Rose
Wally:  The trick to Mr. Rose is you have to let him be boss.

0:47:43  Not Our Rules
Mr. Rose:  You know they ain't our rules, Homer.  We ain't a write 'em, I don't see no need to read 'em.
Homer:  'kay.

0:54:15  Replacing Larch
Larch:  The Board is going to replace me.  That is what the new blood is for.
Edna:  You mean they're going to replace you with someone who doesn't perform abortions?
Larch:  Well, we can only guess at that.  They are against the law.
Nurse Angela:  These credentials are against the law, Wilbur.
Larch:  We all know that I have trained Homer, so his credentials are as good as mine are.  And don't be holy to me about the law.  What has the law ever done for anyone here?

0:58:44  Homer's Gift
Angela:  Wilbur, he picked these for us himself!
Larch:  You don't find it depressing that Homer Wells is picking apples?  Or that he can't be bothered to write us a proper letter?
Edna:  Wilbur, it's a gift.
Larch:  I'll show him a gift.  I'll send him a gift he can use.

1:05:27  Mr. Rose's Business
Mr. Rose:  What business are you in, Jack?  Just tell me what business you're in!
Peaches:  Just say you're in the apple business, Jack, 'cause that's the only business you wanna be in!
Muddy:  Hey Jack!  Listen, Jack!  You don't wanna go in the knife business with Mr. Rose, man!
Mr Rose:  What you wanna do?
Muddy:  Just tell him you're in the apple business!
Peaches:  Jack!
Mr. Rose:  What you wanna do?  What you want, man?
Muddy:  Tell him you in the apple business, boy!
Peaches:  It ain't worth it, man!
Mr. Rose:  Shut up, Peaches!
Jack:  What you want?
Mr. Rose:  I'm in the knife business, Jack.  I'm in the knife business.  Let me tell ya, you don't wanna be in no kinda knife business with me.  Now I think it's time for you to go fishin'.

1:18:07  What Homer Feels
Homer:  I've looked at so many women, and I've never...I've never felt a thing, you know.  I mean, I've seen everything, just felt nothing.  With you, it, uh--to look at you, it hurts.

1:20:04  Playing God
Larch:  Homer, here in St. Cloud's I have been given the opportunity of playing God--or leaving practically everything up to chance.  Men and women of conscience should seize those moments when it's possible to play God.  There won't be many.  Do I interfere when absolutely helpless women tell me they simply can't have an abortion--that they simply must go through with having another and yet another orphan?  I do not.  I do not even recommend.  I just give them what they want.

1:21:34  Will Homer Return?
Larch:  I think we may have lost him to the world.

1:25:19  Rose is Pregnant
Homer:  Rose, how many months are you?  Do you know?  Do you know?  Rose?
Rose Rose:  What do you know about it?
Homer:  Well, I know more than I'd like to know about it.
Rose:  Well then, don't trouble yourself, none, Homer.  This ain't your business.
Homer:  Right.
Rose:  What am I gonna do with a baby?  I can't have a baby.  What am I'ma gonna do with a baby?  Huh?
Homer:  Whatever you want to do, Rose, I can help.  I just mean that if you don't wanna keep the baby, I know a place where you can go.
Rose:  You think Daddy gon' let me go anywhere?  Huh?  I ain't goin' nowhere.  Why don't you just, uh, go back to your pickin', Homer.  I can take care of it myself, alright?
Homer:  What do you mean?
Rose:  I mean I can take care of it by myself, okay?
Homer:  Don't do anything, Rose.  Don't do anything to yourself, okay?  Rose?  Do you hear me?  Rose, do you hear me?
Rose:  Go on...

1:30:24  Homer Confronts Mr. Rose
Homer:  Is it uh, true?
Mr. Rose:  What's that?
Homer:  Uh, are you...sleeping with your own daughter?
Mr. Rose:  I think you've been staying up too late at night, Homer.
Homer:  You're having sex with your own daughter.
Mr. Rose:  Ain't nobody having sex with my daughter!  Let me just tell you that!
Homer:  You're lying.  Aren't you ashamed of yourself?  What do you care who hears?  I mean, come on.  They know already, don't they?  They know, Mr. Rose!
Mr. Rose:  And you know what your business is, boy?  I know you don't wanna be in no kinda business with me.  That's what I know.
Homer:  Yeah, go on.  Cut my clothes.  I've got other clothes.
Mr. Rose:  You gonna come here talkin' to me about lies and shame?!  Those people took you in, and that boy Wally is away at war!
Homer:  Yeah, well, she's your daughter!
Mr. Rose:  And I love her!  Ain't nobody gonna do nothin' to harm her.
Homer:  She's pregnant...you know that?  She's pregnant.

1:34:37  Doing Nothing, Part II
Homer:  Just tell me, I'll do whatever you want me to do.
Candy:  Nothing.
Homer:  Isn't that like waiting and seeing?
Candy:  No.  Nothing's nothing.  I want Wally to come home.  I'm afraid to see him, too.
Homer:  I know.  <he embraces her>
Candy:  Oh, don't do that, Homer.  I just want to sit here and do nothing.
Homer:  To do nothing.  It's a great idea, really.  Maybe if I just wait and see long enough, then I won't have to do anything or decide anything, you know?  I mean, maybe if I'm lucky enough, someone else will decide and choose and do things for me.
Candy:  What are you talking about?
Homer:  But then again, maybe I won't be that lucky.  And it's not my fault, it's not your fault.  And that's just it.  Someone's gonna get hurt, and it's no one's fault.
Candy:  I don't want to talk about this.
Homer:  If we just sit here and wait and see a little while longer, then maybe you won't have to choose, and I won't have to do anything!
Candy:  What do you want from me Homer?  Wally's been shot down, he's paralyzed.  What do you want me to do?
Homer:  Nothing, I'm sorry.  You're not the one who has to do anything.

*1:36:52  The Doctor Business
Mr. Rose:  Where you goin'?  Where're you goin'?
Rose:  I got to go, Daddy, you have to let me go...
Mr. Rose:  Wait Rose, just wait, I ain't gonna let you go nowhere in the middle of the night...
Homer:  Hey, hey!
Rose:  I can't stay here no more, Daddy!
Mr. Rose:  Hey nothing.  You just go in the house.  This ain't none of your concern.
Homer:  Just listen to me.
Mr. Rose:  You are forgetting yourself now.  This is my daughter!  Now I believe you got your own mess you gotta deal with...
Rose:  I wanna get...
Mr. Rose:  Ain't that right, Homer?  Ain't that right, Homer?!  My daughter done told you, I done told you, this ain't your business!  This ain't none of your business!  You even know what your business is, Homer, do you?!  Come on man, what is your business?!
Homer:  I'm in the doctor business.  I can help.  That's all I'm saying; I can help.

1:38:22  The Procedure
Mr. Rose:  She my little girl, Homer.
Homer:  She's gonna be alright, Mr. Rose, nothing to worry about.  You ready, Rose?  Fellas--
Mr. Rose:  Come on, y'all.  I'm staying, Homer.
Homer:  Okay, if you stay, you make yourself of use.
 

Copyright (c) 2003 Kate A. Schartel, Undergraduate Student at Lehigh University.

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