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Of Mice And Men [VHS]

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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: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CN4N
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,301 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gary Sinise both directs and stars in this adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel about the innocent simpleton Lennie (John Malkovich) and his weary protector George (Sinise). Lennie and George travel the Mid-West during the years of the Great Depression, moving from farm to farm looking for work and dreaming of owning a place of their own. When they get hired at the Tyler Ranch, the friends fall foul of their mean-spirited boss Curley (Casey Siemaszko), and when Lennie becomes involved with Curley's flirtatious wife (Sherilyn Fenn), George is forced into violent action.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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171 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on 13 April 2003
Format: DVD
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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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on 6 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Neil Russell-Bates on 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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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Sam VINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Carey on 15 Mar. 2011
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This was an enjoyable adaptation of Steinbeck's Classic, 'Of Mice and Men' but like most films the stuff it cut out tended to be humorous moments that made the book so delightful. Gary Sinise was an excellent George but I felt John Malcovich was a bit miscast in the role of Lenny. The book is very specific in its description of Lenny, 'behind him walked his opposite, a huge man shapeless of face'. Malcovich isn't really any of these. I also imagined Lenny as a much bigger man, perhaps the size of a Gerard Depardieu or Jaws from the Bond movies. Nevertheless the adaptation did work, largely because of the energy and enthusiasm of Sinise. Obviously they also had to cut out the hallucinatory scene involving Lenny and the Giant rabbit with his Aunt's voice, which was disappointing. But this is well worth a watch and you do warm to Malcovich's portrayal of the big man.
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