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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.

Director:

Gary Sinise

Writers:

John Steinbeck (novel), Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Malkovich ... Lennie Small
Gary Sinise ... George Milton
Ray Walston ... Candy
Casey Siemaszko ... Curley
Sherilyn Fenn ... Curley's Wife
John Terry ... Slim
Richard Riehle ... Carlson
Alexis Arquette ... Whitt
Joe Morton ... Crooks
Noble Willingham ... The Boss
Joe D'Angerio ... Jack
Tuck Milligan ... Mike
David Steen ... Tom
Moira Sinise ... Girl in Red Dress (as Moira Harris)
Mark Boone Junior ... Bus Driver
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Des souris et des hommes See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,101,632
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Several of the supporting cast members went on to star in "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." See more »

Goofs

When George and Lenny first arrive at the ranch, Candy quiets the barking dogs by yelling at them. The two in front whimper and quiet, but the third one behind them is still barking despite no sound being heard. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Hope & Faith: Of Rice and Anchor Men (2005) See more »

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Great except for Malkovich
14 September 2003 | by panicwatcherSee all my reviews

This movie has a good script, fine acting, and is beautifully photographed. Even though I had read the book and knew the plot, I was drawn into story and moved by the ending. Gary Sinise does a very good job of showing what a complicated and conflicted character George is. George seems to be a smart man, but he has not gotten far in life. He feels the need to watch out for his closest friend, Lenny. But, you sense that George sometimes thinks Lenny is a burden and George feels guilty about those thoughts. This might be Gary Sinise's best acting performance.

I was disappointed in John Malkovich's over-the-top portrayal of Lenny. In the book, I felt that Lenny was just very simple minded, but in the movie version, Lenny seems to be seriously retarded. The Malkovich Lenny has too many odd facial expressions and a speaking style that is like a cartoon parody Lenny. That performance was distracting and irritating and made Lenny less sympathetic. It also changed the relationship with George. It makes George more of a nursemaid to seriously ill Lenny, instead of a helpful friend who watches out for Lenny.


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