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Of Mice and Men (Bilingual)
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John Steinbecks classic comes magnificently to life in this beautiful and stirring film starring Oscar® nominees* John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. Directed by Sinise from an adaptation by Oscar® winner** Horton Foote, this flawless miracle of movie-making (Susan Granger, American Movie Classics) is a must-see for all audiences. Best friends Lennie (Malkovich) and George (Sinise) find themselves unemployed in Depression-era California, unable to keep jobs because of Lennies childlike mentality. But once they get hired at the Tyler Ranch, they enjoy a brief period of stability until their supervisors wife (Sherilyn Fenn) becomes the victim of Lennies compassion, forcing George to make a compassionate decision of his own. *Malkovich: Supporting Actor, In the Line of Fire (1993), Places in the Heart (1984); Sinise: Supporting Actor, Forrest Gump (1994) **1983: Original Screenplay, Tender Mercies; 1962: Adapted Screenplay, To Kill a Mockingbird
A strong argument favors Gary Sinise's 1992 Of Mice and Men over the classic 1939 version that critics have historically preferred. As adapted by the great playwright-screenwriter Horton Foote, John Steinbeck's Depression-era masterpiece comes alive with timeless simplicity, more candid in language and behavior, and therefore more honest in its embrace of Steinbeck's beloved pair of lowly dreamers George (Sinise) and his retarded cousin Lennie (John Malkovich). On the lam, they find work as farmhands, joining a close-knit crew and trying to avoid trouble stirred by the dangerously seductive wife (Sherilyn Fenn) of the boss's sadistic son (Casey Siemaszko). There's not a false note or bad performance in the entire film; as veterans of Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater, Malkovich and Sinise possess the compassionate chemistry that makes George and Lennie inseparable until the tragic, inevitable final scene. As director, Sinise serves the material with no-frills fidelity; it's easy to believe that Steinbeck would have approved. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Film Of Mice and Men is based on a novel by John Steinbeck. It is a very compelling story about two entirely different men who depend on each other in many ways. The two main characters in the novel are played by Gary Sinise as George, and John Malkovich as Lennie. Sinise who is also the director of the film, does a wonderful job following the novel and showing us a clear illustration of the story. George and Lennie are two farm workers who travel around looking for work. Lennie Small who is a very large man, suffers from a mental disorder, and depends on a much smaller man in George to take care of him. This story truly shows how two men can be the best of friends and worst of enemies at the same time. George sacrifices so much for Lennie, he not only takes care of himself and his own problems, but also those of Lennie. After reading the novel and watching the movie, I would highly recommend this novel and film to anyone who enjoys great stories about friendship and sacrifice.
this story about friendship
The Special Edition was made as a "flipper" disc (presumably DVD-14, which is rarely used these days): one side has the movie, and other side is devoted to special features.
"Of Mice and Men" was mostly overlooked when it was released in 1992, but Gary Sinise made a very capable adaptation (from Horton Foote's screenplay). The highlight is an excellent performance by John Malkovich -- playing against type -- as Lennie. The movie is very straightforward, which allows for Steinbeck's grounded observations on humanity to come to life.