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Of Mice and Men (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 2 October 1992 (USA)
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Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.



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Two traveling companions, George and Lennie, wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The film follows Steinbeck's novel closely, exploring questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing Steinbeck's California vividly to life. Written by Amy Thomasson

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We have a dream. Someday, we'll have a little house and a couple of acres. A place to call home.



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Rated PG-13 for some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Des souris et des hommes  »

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$5,101,632 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Gary Sinise (George, Director) and Casey Siemaszko (Curley) both have the same birthday, March 17. See more »


When Lennie is first drinking from the stream his hands and the tip of his hat are in the water; a moment later it shows him from a different angle and his hands and hat tip are out of the water while he drinks. See more »


[first lines]
[George sits on a train on a dark night looking depressed, scene cuts to girl with red dress running through field whimpering as George and Lennie escape from her]
George: [to Lennie] Come on.
[woman continues running in fright as George and Lennie continue running away from her as sergeants on horses with dogs track George and Lennie]
Lennie: George, they're gone. They're gone.
George: [angrily] Come on! Keep moving!
[both keep running as sergeants continue following them]
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Version of TV de Vanguarda: De Ratos e Homens (1953) See more »

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The Worst Duty Of The Protector
18 December 2015 | by (Sword Of The Protector) – See all my reviews

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The darkest and most sad of all of Steinbeck's great works. Like the cheerful Nazi, rowing his charges to their doom, drowning the cripple, in Lifeboat, here again we see his dark view of life and human beings. Lenny and George are itinerant farm workers who are forced to flee because Lenny, inadvertently, destroys what he loves. His weak, childish mind comes with deadly great physical strength. George is forced to flee with him; as the movie opens they are avoiding another angry mob hot on their trail. Their new work site has all the ingredients for the final tragedy. A cruel, sadistic bosses' son with a bored, wandering wife who takes a fatal interest in Lenny. A dream sustains these sufferers in their trials: the farm they will buy someday. Lenny always bugs George to tell it to him to lessen the pain and cruelty of their endless work. Candy, the old worn-out worker, seizes upon their fantasy; after his dog is cruelly taken away from him and shot off camera, he begs them to let him throw in with them and their sad, quixotic plans. That scene is the quintessence of Steinbeck, Candy has but this old crippled, worn out dog. They harass him constantly to let them shoot it. Candy, fearing for his own job, given how old and weak he has become, accedes but immediately recants. It is too late, we hear the gunshot in the background.

We see Candy curl up on his bunk," I wish somebody would take me out and shoot me." This is the central motif of Steinbeck the world's hostility and its cruelty towards the old, sick or crippled. We know what is coming, indeed, so does George. Lenny's doom haunts the movie way before it overtakes them all. He simply cannot watch Lenny every single minute. Lenny accidentally crushes a puppy to death, a harbinger of what is to come. We witness Lenny's terrifying physical power when Curley, the cruel boss, provokes him and gets every bone in his hands crushed. Yes, my friends, the plans of mice and men do amount to nothing in this cruel world. Steinbeck makes his point in a powerful fashion. I love the original but really the acting here is far superior. Malkovich and Sinise give their best readings in any movie. Malkovich gives my favorite performance here. Walston, as Candy, also steals all of his scenes. It is dark as night, just like Grapes Of Wrath, but where that ended with a note of hope this one shows us George fleeing on a train eyes filled with anguish for the worst of all duties of a protector: destruction.

SPOILER: George is faced with this horrible Hobbesian choice: kill Lenny quickly and mercifully or let the cruel mob get their hands on him. Why should you watch it? Because, if you are most unfortunate in life, this horrible choice will be yours. Soldiers on the battlefield make this choice everyday as we speak. Love, sadly, sometimes commands the most difficult duty of compassion: annihilation of the loved. My favorite scene is also the hardest to endure; George tells Lenny to look over at the beautiful stream and tells him a final time about the rabbits he will own someday. He then shoots him quickly and mercifully. The scene shows you that even in destruction love can still be expressed and goodness fulfilled. When we last see him on the train, the pain in his eyes tells us all we need to know about his future. A terribly dark, sad tale that is worthy of viewing; I do not do it often but it is necessary never to hide from the worst side of life. Look the Gorgon in her face, if you do not turn to stone, you will be stronger to be of service as a protector. Steinbeck's lesson is to show you how cruel and unforgiving the world can be and to prepare you for the hardest of all choices. Yet, even in darkest night, the Light can always guide your hands. A Masterpiece.

"One Has Watched Life Badly If One Has Not Also Seen The Hand That, Considerately, Kills." Friedrich Nietzsche From Beyond Good And Evil

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