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

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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

Lennie: George?
George Milton: What do you want?
Lennie: Where are we going?
George Milton: Forget that already, did you?
Lennie: I forgot. I tried not to forget, honest I did.
George Milton: Ok, Ok. I'll tell you again. I got nothin' else to do. Might as well spend my time telling you things you forget. You forget 'em, I'll tell you again.
Lennie: I tried and tried but it didn't do no good. I remember about the rabbits, George.
George Milton: Oh, yeah. The only thing you can remember are those rabbits.
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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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Spoofed in Of Rice and Hen (1953) See more »

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One of the most under rated pictures I have seen
3 August 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

In high school I had to read "Of Mice and Men". It is one of my favorite books today. I loved reading it. It's one of the best stories I have ever read in my life. We also started watching the older version of "Of Mice and Men". But because the kids complained they wanted the newer one, we never finished the older version. So, I just rented the black and white version and I really enjoyed it. I thought the color version was great, but this one was more true to the story. Both movies are amazing. I'd actually recommend both if you enjoyed the book. The acting is wonderful and they stuck very well to the story. Go ahead and give the movie a chance. You might find yourself a treasure in this movie.

9/10


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