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A strong argument favors Gary Sinise's 1992Of Mice and Menover the classic 1939 version that critics have historically preferred. As adapted by the great playwright-screenwriter Horton Foote, John Steinbeck'sDepression-era masterpiececomes 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 retarded 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
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CastGary Sinise, Casey Siemaszko, Ray Walston, John Malkovich, Sherilyn Fenn
DirectorGary Sinise
DVD Release Date:  March 4, 2003
Runtime:  115 minutes
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD)
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Quick Tip by . April 17, 2011
Yeah......I agree with both of my cohorts here. This is ---"The Version." I've seen the oplay live, and I teach the book. Sinise and Malkovich make this one of the finest performances of the original you can ever hope to see. It stays very true to the book.
review by . March 29, 2008
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Make no mistake--the performances by Gary Sinise (he is the consummate George) and John Malkovich (he is the consummate Lennie) are what make this rendition of M & M the best. If you are a high school teacher who teaches the novel, I highly recommend this production to supplement the reading.
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