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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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JOHN STEINBECK'S SENSATION! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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La fuerza bruta  »

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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr. wore special shoes to play Lennie. These increased his height by six inches. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Slim: I wish somebody'd shoot me when I get old.
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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 »

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Referenced in Hatari! (1962) See more »

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Casting, cinematography, direction, this film has it all.
24 September 1998 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

Casting directors rarely get any real credit for what they do but I think, for this film, we must make an exception. The actors, in Of Mice And Men, play thier parts as if they were born into them. Add to this cinematography that is both artistically and technically outstanding and you have a film that truly deserves the term Classic. I believe that this film is a must-see for anyone considering a career as a writer, actor, director or any other area of film making.


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