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Of Mice And Men [DVD] [1992]

John Malkovich , Gary Sinise , Gary Sinise    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko, Sherilyn Fenn
  • Directors: Gary Sinise
  • Writers: Horton Foote, John Steinbeck
  • Producers: Gary Sinise, Alan C. Blomquist, Russell Smith
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, English, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007DWRB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A strong argument favours 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 behaviour, 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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John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Sherilyn Fenn shine in this contemporary remake of the beloved John Steinbeck classic about a nomadic farmworker who looks after his dimwitted, gentle-giant friend.

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160 of 162 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a man than a mouse 13 April 2003
By Nicky
Of Mice And Men the movie had a hell of a lot to live up to, in the shadow of its novel parent. Steinbeck wrote a story intending to comment on the views of America in terms of race and prejudice at the time. In light of this, however, the film does a pretty good job. Gary Sinise, who both stars in and directs the film, is perfect for the role of George. He plays the character just as he is described in the book-a hard, bitter man, not really letting the audience or his best friend Lenny see his true colours. That said, he cannot help but stand in the shadow of John Malkovich's stunning portrayal of Lenny. Malkovich develops Lenny to a point where the audience feels the injustice of the treatment he receives. We want it all to work out in the end. We feel every inch of Lenny's emotions, from excitement to desperate fear, to his huge love and respect for George, and this is to Malkovich's credit. Both actors give a strong and powerful performance, strengthened by both the actors supporting them and the excellent story of Steinbeck's.
Although, of course, the messages and intention of Steinbeck's original story have been diluted, they are still wonderfully highlighted by the film. The plight of both Curley's wife and the black stable buck is painfully revealed to us, as is George's cold and dark attitude to those who treat Lenny with malice or fear. Personally, I thought Curley's wife was a bit 'off' in terms of how she appears in the film and how she is presented in the book. Of course, if you are not looking to compare the two (and the film stands on its own even without the novel) the portrayal of Curley's wife is strong, and we feel her struggle as she lives her life in a place she clearly hates.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Adaptation of an Amazing Classic 6 Sep 2003
This isn't just a wonderful portrayal of John Steinbeck's masterpiece; it's a wonderful film in general. "Of Mice and Men" is a marvelous picture that plays on all of our emotions and hits all of the crucial notes.
The movie is about two men who travel together all the time, hoping to own an acre of land and a nice home they can call their own. George is a smart man who always seems to have things figured out. Lennie is a giant with a mind of a young child. George looks after him, but it is not easy. Lennie always seems to get himself in some kind of trouble, and George is always the one who has to help him out. The two eventually land jobs on a ranch, hoping to make enough money to make their dreams come true. But that might be difficult when Lennie once again gets the two in serious trouble.
The movie is directed by Gary Sinise, who does a spectacular job of bringing Steinbeck's wonderful novel to life. Just from seeing this movie alone, I think he has nothing but talent when it comes to sitting in the director's chair. He really should direct more. Also, he is a great actor, and plays the role of George flawlessly. He's about everything I envisioned when reading the book.
John Malkovich plays Lennie, and does an outstanding job at doing so. I sort of had my doubts at first, because I thought of Lennie as a giant, and Malkovich didn't seem like a giant to me. Well, when I was watching the movie, that all changed. He did the part justice. It's a crime that he didn't win anything for his role (or at least nothing I am aware of.)
The movie stays very true to the book. Sure, as always, there are things removed or added. Mostly, there are things added because the novel is so short, they needed to add things to make the movie longer.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing performance by Malkovich 21 Aug 2009
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It's many years since I read this great book and I was happy to have the opportunity to watch the flim with my daughter who is now reading it at school for her GCSE's. The story seemed faithful and the atmosphere and tension were well created. I didn't pick up that sense of the depression era from the flim, perhaps that was difficult to get across. Some of the characters seemed a little cliched and one dimensional, but the performance Malcovich put in here was incredible to my mind, a brilliant portrayal even if it was different to the picture I had created in my minds' eye of the Lennie in the book. He captured the essence of Lennie and demonstrated the terrible dichotomy created by someone like that in times where no provision was made for people facing such challenges.

Overall an enjoyable film, if not quite the classic that the book is.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 5 Mar 2002
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I watched this film in my english lesson and I usually hate watching films when they are split by two or three days, but this film i LOVED. For the first time my class was silent and content at the same time.
John Malkovich's performance of Lennie was superb, it was so realistic. Gary Sinise was also brilliant although sometimes a little subdued when he shouldn't have been.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 30 Aug 2006
i don't have enough words to describe how touching this movie is. I have not read the book, although I am planning to, but the movie itself is a must to see. Malkovitch is just brilliant with his portrayal of the characther of Lennie. The setting is great, it really puts you in the atmosphere. You easily get hooked on the movie, it is not like those movies where you fall asleep in the middle of it. The plot here is amazing, and gives the idea of love, friendship, and struggle to manage a living, a new look.

The movie is an eye opener, and it is really touching and nice to see.
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