- Information at Internet Movie Database
- Cinema in Focus, a social and spiritual commentary by Hal Conklin and Denny Wayman.
- Movie Parables review
- Hollywood Jesus visual review
- Looking Closer, review by Jeffrey Overstreet, "searching for truth, beauty and meaning in the movies."
- "The Cider House Rules, Divine Chaos, and the Incarnation," Steve Lansingh, TheFilmForum: Christian Conversation about the Movies.
- "The Cider House Rules Well, Doesn't Rule," Matthew Prins, TheFilmForum: Christian Conversation about the Movies.
- Review, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Health - Spiritual Practices for Human Being.
- Exodus - 10 Commandments
- The migrant workers who come during the picking season stay in the cider house, where there are rules posted for behavior. These are the rules written by the orchard owner, who doesn't necessarily have to live by them. They are imposed rules. They are also ignored rules. The real rules are the unwritten rules that are lived by the people. What makes the 10 commandments different (ISTM) from cider house rules is that as much as the orchard owner is kind to the migrants, there is still no real bond between them. The rules the owner seeks to impose are impersonal and more concerned with the owner's liability than the workers well being. The commandments are for us and for our well being. The commandments are based in our relationship (covenant) with God. It is within the frame work of this relationship that the commandments become more than cider house rules. Without that relationship, ISTM, they become no more important than cider house rules. Which may be why many people treat them as such. (Darrel Manson, Artesia CA)
- Law Written on our Hearts
- In "The Cider House Rules" the laborers laugh at the rules that are posted in the bunkhouse (when someone who can read finally reads the rules for them); they have broken every one and will continue to do so. One of the characters says those rules don't pertain to them because they didn't make the rules and they can't even read them. They have their own ideas about what's right and wrong. (Amy Parker, Charleston, West Virginia)
- Obedience: The whole idea of the cider house rules, who writes them, who follows them, what are the real rules. Interesting scene, after Homer reads the rules aload to some of the workers, one rule is don't go up on the roof. Next day, they just have to be up there. The defining phrase for Homer's life was uttered when it became apparent that he could not be adopted: We expect you to be of use. He did make himself of use delivering babies. (Darrel Manson, Artesia CA)
- Servanthood: Homer, who disapproves of abortion, is willing to perform one on Rose and eventually returns to St. Clouds to take the place of Dr. Larch as both OB and abortionist. (Darrel Manson, Artesia CA)
- Spiritual Struggle
- 'The Cider House Rules' by Lasse Hallström is about the
question, if the rules that God made can be lived up to (answer: no), and
how man can understand himself locked between what he ought to do und what
the situation demands to do. (Dr. Matthias Walter)
- 'The Cider House Rules' by Lasse Hallström is about the question, if the rules that God made can be lived up to (answer: no), and how man can understand himself locked between what he ought to do und what the situation demands to do. (Dr. Matthias Walter)