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Of Mice and Men

Theatrical poster
Directed by Gary Sinise
Produced by Gary Sinise
Written by Horton Foote
John Steinbeck (Novel)
Starring Gary Sinise
John Malkovich
Casey Siemaszko
Sherilyn Fenn
John Terry
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Kenneth MacMillan
Editing by Robert L. Sinise
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Running time 115 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Of Mice and Men is a 1992 American film starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, directed and produced by Gary Sinise. It is the third movie adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1937 novel of the same name. The first adaptation was made in 1939, and a made-for-TV movie version was produced in 1981.



George Milton (Gary Sinise) is in a train boxcar, reminiscing upon the events that have just happened. He thinks back to when he and his companion Lennie Small (John Malkovich) are fleeing from their previous employment in Weed. They were run out of town after Lennie was accused of attempted rape when he touched a young woman's behind (prompted by his love of stroking soft things). Then George thinks of the events that have recently happened and make up the movie, taking place during the Great Depression. After running from Weed, George and Lennie are trying to attain their shared dream of settling down on their own piece of land. Lennie's part of the dream, which he never tires of hearing George describe, is merely to have soft rabbits on the farm, which he can pet. The two go to work at a ranch named Tyler Ranch.

At the ranch, the dream appears to move closer to reality. Candy (Ray Walston), the aged, one-handed ranch-hand, offers to pitch in with Lennie and George so they can buy the farm. The dream disappears when Lennie accidentally kills the young and attractive wife (Sherilyn Fenn) of Curley (Casey Siemaszko), the ranch owner's son, while trying to stroke her hair. A lynch mob led by Curley gathers. Realizing he is doomed to a life of loneliness and despair like the rest of the migrant workers, and wanting to spare Lennie a painful death at the hands of the vengeful and violent Curley, George shoots Lennie in the back of the head before the mob can find him. The film comes to a close with the opening scene of George reminiscing in the train boxcar. The last minute of the movie depicts another memory: George and Lennie working together.



The movie was released onto DVD by MGM March 4th, 2003. The DVD is featured in widescreen with English, French, and Spanish subtitles.


The film received very positive reviews, earning a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Awards and nominations

1992 Cannes Film Festival


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