Of Mice And Men (1992)

GARY SINISE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by . Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1992.  

Faithful, literate adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel is passionately adapted to the screen by writer-director-star Gary Sinise, pre-Forrest Gump fame. He gives an excellent performance as George, a field hand who travels the country with his simple-minded, physically overbearing friend Lenny (John Malkovich) looking for work in whatever Depression-era field is hiring. They eventually get hired at a large ranch, but trouble is not far behind them. It’s really well done, but it doesn’t stretch its appeal too far past the original novel, so if you’re a fan you’ll love it, if not you’ll probably be bored stiff.

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