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Of Mice and Men (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Western | 2 October 1992 (USA)
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A nomadic farm worker looks after his dimwitted, gentle-giant friend during the Great Depression.

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

John Steinbeck's beloved novella (adapted for the screen by renowned playwright Horton Foote) comes to the screen under the direction of actor/director Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump) and brought vividly to life by John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) as Lennie Ray Walston (Kiss Me, Stupid) as Candy, Joe Morton (Speed) as Crooks, Casey Siemaszko (Back To The Future) as Curly, and Sherilyn Fenn (Fatal Instinct) as Curly's sultry wife.

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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.

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

After the film's initial debut, the reception grossed almost $5.5 million from about 400 theaters in the United States. See more »

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At various points in the movie, you can see Candy's clenched fist where there isn't supposed to be a hand. 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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Amazing movie adaptation of a great book
27 May 2005 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Often a movie is associated with its actors or its director. I would associate this film more with Horton Foote the brilliant scriptwriter, who sculpted the script from a great book by a formidable author, John Steinbeck.

When I read Steinbeck's book I was in awe of the author's powerful strokes of simplicity. Adapting the book into a screenplay can be formidable. Foote did it earlier with Harper Lee's novel "To kill a Mockingbird". He did it again in Beresford's "Tender Mercies". Some of the flashes of brilliance in the script are the opening sequence of the woman running scared into the camera, the opening and closing images of light falling on the dark insides of a train car, the empty bus ride that Steinbeck did not present. Director Gary Sinise and Foote made the adaptation of the novel on screen look easier by adding details just as scriptwriter Robert Bolt and director David Lean did the opposite by compressing the details with Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago". Both "Dr Zhivago" and "Of Mice and Men" are great examples of adapting literary works for the screen.

This is not to discount the contribution of Gary Sinise. Director Sinise and Actor Sinise were admirable. The former brought out the finest in the latter. This is Sinise's finest performance.

Malkovich is a talented actor--he commands attention. Whether a more restrained performance was called for or not is debatable.

Equally stunning is the film's music by Mark Isham--the man who grabbed my attention in "Never Cry Wolf", "Mrs Soffel" and "A Midnight Clear". Sinise was wise using the music effectively when required and not overdoing it to evoke pathos. The music doesn't sooth you, it nudges you to reflect on life.

The film is a great essay on loneliness. Most importantly, it is a great example of how a literary work ought to be adapted without changing the author's vision. Remarkably, the film added more to Steinbeck's work with the train ride and the bus ride. That's Foote!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,851, 4 October 1992

Gross USA:

$5,471,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,471,088
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Dolby Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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