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Of Mice and Men (1939)

 -  Drama  -  12 January 1940 (USA)
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A mentally retarded giant and his level-headed guardian find work at a sadistic cowboy's ranch during the Great Depression.

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George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers in the 1930s Depression. Lennie is mentally retarded 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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The very first screen adaptation of a John Steinbeck novel. See more »

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Towards the end, before Candy enters the barn with milk for the puppies, the mother dog is in the box with them. When he bends down to give the milk, the mother has disappeared, and magically reappears when he rises. See more »

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Lennie: I wish we had some ketchup.
George: Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want!
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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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