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Of Mice and Men (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 12 January 1940 (USA)
Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch.



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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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12 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza bruta  »

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1.37 : 1
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George uses a German Luger to kill Lennie at the end of the film. That is a very interesting choice for that time and that year. It always stuck in my head. Strange See more »


George and Lennie eat canned beans. The beans are heated before they open the cans, and they hold the cans barehanded. See more »


Candy: George?
George Milton: Yeah?
Candy: I shouldn't a oughta let no stranger shoot my dog. I shoulda shot my dog myself, George.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny (1997) See more »

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This movie was broadcast on radio, before TV . I heard it in 1950 and never forgot it.
17 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie has power. Some of todays movies are great extravaganzas but they have no power. The flawless performance given by Lon Chaney Jr. has never been surpassed. John Stienbeck wrote the story and is one of my favorite authors.

In this movie "Of Mice and Men" you can not help but be drawn into the story and feel every feeling that each character brings to the story. There are no big heroes here just people in a time of great tribulation. The director Lewis Milestone is superb in his making of this movie and also produced it.

I have seen all the remakes and there are none to compare. If you enjoy good movies don't miss this one and bring a box of Kleenex.

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