Of Mice & Men

OF MICE & MEN (PG)

D: Lewis Milestone
Hal Roach Films (Lewis Milestone)
US 1939
107 mins
 
Drama
 
W: Eugene Solow [based on the novel by John Steinbeck]
DP: Norbert Brodine
Ed: Bert Jordan
Mus: Aaron Copland
 
Burgess Meredith (George Milton), Lon Chaney, Jr. (Lennie Small), Betty Field (Mae), Charles Bickford (Slim), Roman Bohnen (Candy), Bob Steele (Curley), Noah Beery, Jr. (Whit)
 

The definitive version of John Steinbeck's classic novel.

During the Great Depression, two itinerant farm workers travel the country looking for work on ranches, one of whom is a mentally-retarded giant who isn't aware of his own strength and can't seem to stay out of trouble.

The drama is excellently acted by every member of its cast and even manages an uplifting ending despite the often depressing subject matter.

8/10

Lon Chaney, Jr. & Burgess Meredith in Of Mice & Men
Lon Chaney, Jr. & Burgess Meredith in Of Mice & Men

OF MICE & MEN (12)

D: Gary Sinise
MGM (Russ Smith & Gary Sinise)
US 1992
111 mins
 
Drama
 
W: Horton Foote [based on the novel by John Steinbeck]
DP: Kenneth McMillan
Ed: Robert L. Sinise
Mus: Mark Isham
PD: David Gropman
 

Gary Sinise (George Milton), John Malkovich (Lenny Small), Ray Walston (Candy), Casey Siemaszko (Curley) Sherilyn Fenn (Curley's Wife)
 

Well-intended and very well acted remake of the above though this adaptation feels emotionally cold and often feels like a filmed stage reenactment.

Malkovich steals the movie and Gary Sinise proves to be a much better actor than he is a director. 

Worth watching if you're a fan of the book, but the 1939 version has a much better sense of atmosphere.

6/10

Gary Sinise & John Malkovich in Of Mice & Men
Gary Sinise & John Malkovich in Of Mice & Men