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Hated the book, loved the movie
I hated the book and couldn't understand why people love it so much, I just watched the movie out of curiosity and thought that I'll get bored and hate it BUT I LOVED IT! It's brilliantly made and the acting is AMAZING.
|John Malkovich||Lennie Small|
|Gary Sinise||George Milton|
|Sherilyn Fenn||Curley's Wife|
|Noble Willingham||The Boss|
In 1939, in California, during the Great Depression, George Milton (Gary Sinise) and his companion Lennie Small (John Malkovich) are fleeing from their previous employment in Weed. They were run out of town after Lennie was accused of attempted rape when he touched and held onto a young woman's pretty red dress (Moira Harris) (prompted by his love of stroking soft things). George and Lennie are trying to attain their shared dream of settling down on their own piece of land. Lennie's part of the dream, which he never tires of hearing George describe, is merely to have soft rabbits on the farm, which he can pet. The two go to work at a ranch named Tyler Ranch. At the ranch, the dream appears to move closer to reality. When at the farm George and Lennie befriends an aged, one-handed ranch-hand, Candy (Ray Walston). However they make an instant dislike of the Boss' (Noble Willingham) son, Curley (Casey Siemaszko), who disrespects people that are bigger than him. Lennie becomes instantly attracted to Curley's wife (Sherilyn Fenn).
Candy offers to pitch in with Lennie and George so they can buy the farm. Curley comes around in the room making a scene and the workers mock him. A disturbed Curley takes his anger out on Lennie. George yells at Lennie to fight back, which Lennie does. Lennie crushes Curley's hand and George fears for their future on the ranch. Fortunately, Slim (John Terry) gives Curley an ultimatum: not to tell anyone what exactly happened and if he does tell his father and gets George and Lennie sacked, he will inform everyone what really happened. Later, Lennie imposes himself on Crooks (Joe Morton), an educated and intelligent black man who is bitter and isolated because of his race.
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 becomes worried of Lennie's strength 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 realise the dream will never happen. Curley leads a mob who chase after Lennie with the intention of lynching him. Wanting to spare Lennie a 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, he has one final memory of him and Lennie working together and going off into the distance happily.
Theatrical : 1992-10-02 : United States of America
DVD : 2003-03-04
DVD : 2001-11-06