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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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Gross USA:

$5,101,632
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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John Malkovich (Lennie) and Gary Sinise (George) both played Wedding Guests (uncredited) in A Wedding (1978). See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Lenny drinks from the stream, he puts his hands in the water, but when he stands up and talks to George his hands and sleeves are dry. 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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Referenced in Melrose Place: Of Bikes and Men (1993) See more »

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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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