Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1992. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Horton Foote, based on the novel by John Steinbeck. Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan. Produced by Gary Sinise. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by David Gropman. Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe. Film Editing by Robert L. Sinise. 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.