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Of Mice and Men (1939)

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George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers in the 1930s Depression. Lennie is mentally disabled and George looks after him. While working as hands on a Western ranch, they dream of ... See full summary »



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George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers in the 1930s Depression. Lennie is mentally disabled and George looks after him. While working as hands on a Western ranch, they dream of owning their own ranch and the opportunity may be available. Their current ranch is owned by a sadistic man who has a flirtatious wife. Written by dstern1

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A mighty novel! A sensational stage success! Now! The year's most important picture! See more »




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12 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza bruta  »

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The name "Mae" was given to Curly's wife specifically for this film version. In the original novel,the original play, and in other film and television versions she is simply known as "Curly's Wife". See more »


When bedding down for the night at the river, George's hands change position. See more »


George Milton: [to Slim as they are washing up] It ain't so funny about me and Lennie travelin' together. We growed up together. At first I made fun of Lennie. I use to play jokes on him 'cause he was too dumb to take care of himself. He was too dumb to even know when jokes was being played on him. You know, it made me seem smart alongside of 'em.
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The movie begins before the credits are shown. George and Lennie are fleeing a mob. They board a boxcar on a moving train, and as they close the door of the boxcar we see the main title already written on the door of the boxcar. See more »

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Of Mice and Men
13 July 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Excellent screen adaptation of the John Steinbeck classic about two drifters in the Depression who move from ranch to ranch in search of work. Perfect pairing of Meredith and Chaney (his finest screen performance) as George and Lennie. In a year of great classic movies, it should be no surprise that this film falls into that category as well. Oscar nominated for the Best Picture of 1939.

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