‘Cider’ presses another preem

Pic leaves aud teary-eyed

Miramax’s “The Cider House Rules” had its second L.A. premiere Monday at the Motion Picture Academy. (The first was in October as the AFI film festival’s opening night pic.)

“If it’s good, you do it again,” one studio staffer said. West Coast prexy Mark Gill said he’s decided that “everyone should see it twice.”

Those who saw the pic Monday were a bit teary-eyed. Barbara Davis said she cried three times. “I was joyously unhappy,” she said. “It makes you glad to be sad.” Howard Hesseman agreed and added, “It’s nothing touching cheap. It’s not messin’ around.”

Star Michael Caine said he was told repeatedly, “I’ve never been so happy being miserable in my life. It’s a weepy, but there’s something uplifting about it.”

Star Delroy Lindo said, “All those children and that orphanage seems to get to people. The story is sensitive, but sensitive not in a prostituting way.”

In his slight Swedish accent, director Lasse Hallstrom recalled one reviewer who said the film has “an emotional jolt. I like that expression –’emotional jolt.’ ”

Those jolted Monday included Miramax’s Meryl Poster; stars Tobey Maguire, Paul Rudd and Heavy D; and author John Irving; among the 1,000 guests were Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Patrick Stewart, Sara Gilbert, Kevin Williamson, George and Jolene Schlatter, Jackie Collins, Steve Stabler, Leonard Goldberg and Jerry Perenchio.

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