Of Mice and Men

October 2nd, 1992


Of Mice and Men

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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.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 7.5/10 (17,839 voted)

Director: Gary Sinise

Stars: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston

Based on John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of two travelling companions, George and Lennie, who 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.

Writers: John Steinbeck, Horton Foote

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

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

Release Date: 2 October 1992

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Gross: $5,101,632 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The girl in the red dress, running through the field at the beginning of the movie, was played by Moira Sinise, the wife of director/star Gary Sinise.

Revealing mistakes: At various points in the movie, you can see Candy's clenched fist where there isn't supposed to be a hand.

George: Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They ain't got no family and they don't belong no place. They got nothin' to look ahead to...
Lennie: But not us George. Tell about us.
George: ...well, we ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody cares.
Lennie: But not us, George, because I... see, I got you to look after me, but you got me to look after you.

User Review

Beautifully done!

Rating: 10/10

How often are we forced to endure the uninsightful changes that are made to American classics in the process of turning them into feature films? The 1939 version of this movie is a prime example. It, very simply, was not the story that Steinbeck wrote. The changes that were made were too sweeping to be seen as anything other than some ego thinking that Steinbeck could be improved upon.

Now, anyone who is truly familiar with Steinbeck knows that this is just not true. Gary Sinise has proven this familiarity. I have rarely had the pleasure of watching a movie that stayed so completely true to the original text. Not only does this movie not add or subtract from the book, the characters themselves are almost exactly how I had pictured them when I read this story for the first time.

If you are looking for overblown sex and violence, for spectacular special effects, or for unbelievable demonstrations raw physical strength, move on. This movie will not interest you in the slightest. However, if you are looking for a story of true love and true courage, if you are looking for a movie whose beauty stems from a raw sense of humanity, then find yourself a quiet place, where you won't be interrupted and watch this. You won't be let down.


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