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Of Mice and Men (Widescreen Special Edition) [Import]

John Malkovich , Gary Sinise , Gary Sinise    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie March 19 2004
By Clayton
Format:DVD
Of Mice and Men is a wonderfully done movie that is faithful to the book in every way. Gary Sinise, the director, did a fantastic job transforming the book into the movie. While reading the novel, a movie of images that the book created was played out in my mind. What I saw in my mind while reading the novel was exactly what I saw on the screen of Gary Sinise's film. Sinise took the book word for word and even made several parts into a comedic scene. Sinise as George and John Malkovich as Lenny, make a brilliant on screen duo. Malkovich had a superb performance as mentally retarded Lenny. He fit in perfectly into character and made me believe that he had the mental capacity that Lenny had. Ray Walston, who played the role of candy, portrayed an old man with almost nothing left. He was extremely attached to his dog, which was shot to be put out of his misery. That left him with nothing but the dream of George and Lenny. This was a great movie that was done to perfection and I recommend it to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars of mice and men May 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
of mice and men is a great movie and book. its about two guys george and lenny how is locking for a jobb, but lenny is a retard he mess things up all the time.they want to earn money so they can buy a litle place.candy how is a old guy he will help them to buy the place.but lenny killed curlys wife and he ran away in to the wood, george find him first and killed lenny...i think that it was best that george killed him insted of curly because lenny dident now that george killed him, if curly had found him first he would now that he was going to be shoot.....
this story about friendship
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film-like transfer for the Special Edition May 19 2004
Format:DVD
Fans of this movie version of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" will be happy to find that its Special Edition transfer is quite good, on par with major DVD releases of the most recent films. The picture quality is first-rate: color and contrast are superb, edge halos are rarely visible, and the picture depth gives the video a very film-like appearance. The golden-hued depictions of Central California are really brought to life. The excellent transfer will be greatly appreciated on larger screens. The audio itself is nothing special, owing to its lower budget origins, but it is clear.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film March 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Of Mice and Men March 19 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Today's films which are mass produced by Hollywood high rollers are filled with high-action expensive stunts that simply aim to bring in a profit. And though there are some touching stories still filtering through the nation's theatres, Of Mice and Men, is a highly entertaining film that challenges ones ideas about friendship and loyalty. It is noticeably made on a low budget, and amazingly it will keep your eyes locked on the screen. I can honestly say that it is the only movie made from a high-school text that was effortless to stay awake during. The controversial ending coupled with the brilliant acting of Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, and Ray Walston, will make this movie endurable for many years to come. After reading the novel, it is clear that Malkovich does the finest job of accurately capturing his character, Linny. He does an unbelievable job of portraying himself as a giant-sized man, with a child-sized brain. If you are considering watching the movie, you should read the book beforehand and then view the film and see how closely related the two are. As for the ending, prepare yourself for an emotional scene that will leave you questioning your own ideas on friendship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get more perfect than this... Oct. 25 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
As an enthusiastic fan of John Steinbeck, I cannot think of a more perfect package than a Steinbeck novel adapted to film and starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, with the added bonus of Gary Sinise directing. This has to be one of Steinbecks most loved tales and the casting of Gary Sinise (George) and John Malkovich (Lennie) is pure genius. No one could possibly have captured the gentle giant, Lennie, any better than John Malkovich. Furthermore, if you love the book, it loses nothing in translation to film. A moving tale of two men travelling for work, Lennie continually gets into trouble purely because of his childlike innocence which is misunderstood by other adults who only see a big man who should know better. George does his best to protect Lennie but unfortunately, all of George's efforts to keep Lennie out of trouble by promising his dream of tending rabbits is just one more job away if he behaves himself come to the tragic finale that makes this such an enchanting tale. Sinise & Malkovich are so convincing as these wonderful characters, it could not fail to touch even the hardest heart. I love John Malkovich - but this, to me, is his best performance ever. Steinbeck movies attract the greats, John Garfield and Spencer Tracy in Tortilla Flat for example, but of all the adaptations I've seen, this is by far the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
This is a great remake of this title. I have not seen it , because it was a gift to my sister. She enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by David Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Good classic to add to your library
Remember this one from years ago, glad I was able to find it here.this is a good movie for the young and old . John Malkovich and Gary Sinise really come through in this movie.
Published 9 months ago by gus sowinski
5.0 out of 5 stars This was just what my daughter wanted
My daughter has wanted a copy of this film for years, and has been unable to find one. I helped make her Christmas a little better by finding this and giving it to her.
Published 21 months ago by Caroline Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat Steinbeck for the story, and Malkovich for the leading...
Most are shy to watch 'the movie' after reading the book. Go for it. It is well worth the time.
Published 22 months ago by John Forrest
3.0 out of 5 stars Of Mice and Men (1992)
This movie is okay as far as entertainment goes. But the original version of this movie is FAR better, especially lon Chaney jr.'s performeance. (Remember him? Read more
Published on April 8 2009 by R. Pellettier
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gary Sinise Great
I have watched this movie twice now and would buy it. It is a very good movie. I like Gary Sinise. I would enjoy seeing the first one, classics are usually the best, but would have... Read more
Published on March 2 2006 by Peanut
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!!
This Steinbeck classic comes to life with the brilliant acting of Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. This is one time when I can truly say the movie was almost as good as the... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by J. McAndrew
5.0 out of 5 stars John Malkovich and Gary Sinise Play Roles to Perfection
If you have read the book but haven't seen the movie, you are making a (as Donald Trump would say) "HUGE" mistake. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Dan Blankenship
5.0 out of 5 stars Just About Perfect
Having read Of Mice & Men several times, I can't imagine a better adaptation of Steinbeck's masterpiece. Malkovich is perfect as Lenny. A tour-de-force. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This movie was excallent, it had the basic outline for a great movie. With humor and drama and some adventure this movie came to a stop in a sad but respectful way. Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Sean Allen
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