Of Mice and Men (1992 film)

Of Mice and Men
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gary Sinise
Produced by Gary Sinise
Screenplay by Horton Foote
Based on Of Mice and Men 
by John Steinbeck
Starring Gary Sinise
John Malkovich
Ray Walston
Casey Siemaszko
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Kenneth MacMillan
Edited by Robert L. Sinise
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • October 2, 1992 (1992-10-02) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5,471,088

Of Mice and Men is a 1992 film based on John Malkovich as Lennie Small, Casey Siemaszko as Curley, John Terry as Slim, Ray Walston as Candy, Joe Morton as Crooks, and Sherilyn Fenn as Curley's wife. Horton Foote adapted the story for film.

Based on Steinbeck's 1937 novella, the plot centers on George and the mentally disabled Lennie. The two farm workers travel together and dream of one day owning their own land. With their work passes, the two end up on Tyler Ranch. George finds a property for sale, and calculates that they can buy the land at the end of the month with Candy's help. The film explores themes of discrimination, loneliness, and the American Dream.

Of Mice and Men took part in the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, where Sinise was nominated for the Palme d'Or award, given to the director of the best featured film. After the film debuted in the United States on October 2, 1992, it received positive acclaim from critics.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Release and reception 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


During the

The two go to work at a ranch named Tyler Ranch. When they meet the Boss of the ranch (even look at her.

While at a barn waiting for Crooks (

Later, Candy offers to pitch in with Lennie and George after Carlson killed his dog so they can buy the farm. Just as it seems that the dream appears to move closer to reality, Curley comes around in the room making a scene, accusing Slim (

Later, in the barn Lennie has accidentally killed his puppy. Curley's wife enters the barn and tries to speak to Lennie, admitting that she is lonely and how her dreams of becoming a movie star are crushed, revealing the reason she flirts with the ranch hands. She lets Lennie stroke her hair; however, she soon says he is "muss[ing] it up," and screams. Lennie tries to keep her quiet but accidentally breaks her neck in the process. Candy finds Curley's wife dead and informs George and the two realize the dream will never happen. Curley leads a mob who chase after Lennie with the intention of lynching him. Wanting to spare Lennie a violent and painful death at the hands of the vengeful Curley, George shoots Lennie in the back of the head while distracting him with their dream of the ranch, releasing Lennie happily. George reminisces in the train boxcar, and has one final memory of him and Lennie working together and going off into the distance happily.



The first experience Sinise had with Steinbeck's work came when Sinise attended Highland Park High School. His drama class went to Guthrie Theater and observed three plays in two days, one being Of Mice and Men. After viewing the play, he "stood up and applauded" and "was trying to scream some sort of acknowledgement of my feelings [...] but I was so choked up nothing came out except tears." He credits the play with "[introducing] me to literature".[1]

Release and reception

On April 16, 1992, Gilles Jacob, director of the Cannes Film Festival, announced the 27 films competing in the "Official Competition" category, including Of Mice and Men. The film premiered the next month, and was Sinise's second film to compete at Cannes, after the 1988 feature Miles from Home.[2] After viewing Of Mice and Men, critic Don Marshall noted how the audience gave a standing ovation to its cast. Marshall said he was "surprised" that the film didn't win an award, although Sinise was nominated for the Palme d'Or, given to the director of the best featured film.[3][4]

The most sincere compliment I can pay them is to say that all of them – writer and actors – have taken every unnecessary gesture, every possible gratuitous note, out of these characters. The story is as pure and lean as the original fable which formed in Steinbeck's mind. And because they don't try to do anything fancy – don't try to make it anything other than exactly what it is – they have a quiet triumph.

Roger Ebert on Of Mice and Men[5]

The film made its American debut on October 2, 1992, and grossed $5,471,088 from a total of 398 theaters.[6] Despite what the [9] The Austin Chronicle‍‍ '​‍s Steve Davis called Of Mice and Men "unassuming but well-made", and gave the film 3/5 stars.[10] MGM released Of Mice and Men on VHS in 1993.[11] The film was later released as a DVD by MGM Home Entertainment on March 4, 2003. The DVD is featured in widescreen with English, French, and Spanish subtitles, and has the option of French dubbing.[12]


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