Of Mice and Men (1992)

Of Mice and Men (1992)
  • Time: 110 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Gary Sinise
  • Cast: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn


Based on John Steinbeck’s 1937 classic tale of two travelling companions, George and Lennie, who wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The film follows Steinbeck’s novel closely, exploring questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing Steinbeck’s California vividly to life.

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  • “Of Mice and Men”, based on the classic novel by John Steinbeck, tells the story of two drifters sharing a bond and a common dream in depression-era California. Mentally-disabled Lennie often poses a burden to George, a man with plans of establishing his own homestead, but loneliness holds them together.

    The film marks a rare directorial effort by Gary Sinise, who also played the part of George. The film has an attractive look but lacks any distinct artistic touch to elevate it much above average in terms of presentation. The score, by Mark Isham, is also ably handled but not particularly noteworthy.

    Sinise & John Malkovich turn in fine performances in reprisals of the roles that they’d played together in a 1980 stage production. The rest of the cast is filled out with some recognizable character actors, all of whom turn in workmanlike performances.

    In the end, though, I suppose that it’s inevitable to compare the film to the novel upon which it’s based. I originally saw the film years before I read the novel and then saw it again only recently. The film is quite faithful to the source material, which is refreshing. However, while the book is one of my favorites, the film doesn’t reach quite the same heights in its respective field. Nevertheless, it’s a worthwhile adaptation and certainly worth checking out for anyone interested in the story.

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