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A strong argument favors 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 behavior, and therefore more honest in its embrace of Steinbeck's beloved pair of lowly dreamers George (Sinise) and his *bleep* 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

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Commentary by Gary Sinise
  • "In Conversation: Gary Sinise and Horton Foote" featurette
  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • Screen and makeup tests
  • Making-of featurette

VHS Features

<li type="square">Dubbed in Spanish
<li type="square">Subtitles in French


John MalkovichLennie Small
Gary SiniseGeorge Milton
Ray WalstonCandy
Casey SiemaszkoCurley
Sherilyn FennCurley's Wife
John TerrySlim
Richard RiehleCarlson
Alexis ArquetteWhitt
Joe MortonCrooks
Noble WillinghamThe Boss
Tuck MilliganMike
David SteenTom
Mark Boone JuniorBus Driver

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Gary Sinise
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 115 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 2, 1992
    AustraliaMar 18, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 6, 2001
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