Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Release Year: 1992
Rating: 7.5/10 (17,839 voted)
Stars: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston
Based on John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of two travelling companions, George and Lennie, who wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The film follows Steinbeck's novel closely, exploring questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing Steinbeck's California vividly to life.
Writers: John Steinbeck, Horton Foote
Girl in Red Dress
(as Moira Harris)
Mark Boone Junior
We have a dream. Someday, we'll have a little house and a couple of acres. A place to call home.
Release Date: 2 October 1992
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Did You Know?
The girl in the red dress, running through the field at the beginning of the movie, was played by Moira Sinise, the wife of director/star Gary Sinise.
At various points in the movie, you can see Candy's clenched fist where there isn't supposed to be a hand.
Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They ain't got no family and they don't belong no place. They got nothin' to look ahead to…
But not us George. Tell about us.
…well, we ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody cares.
But not us, George, because I… see, I got you to look after me, but you got me to look after you.
How often are we forced to endure the uninsightful changes that are made to
American classics in the process of turning them into feature films? The
1939 version of this movie is a prime example. It, very simply, was not
story that Steinbeck wrote. The changes that were made were too sweeping
be seen as anything other than some ego thinking that Steinbeck could be
Now, anyone who is truly familiar with Steinbeck knows that this is just
true. Gary Sinise has proven this familiarity. I have rarely had the
pleasure of watching a movie that stayed so completely true to the original
text. Not only does this movie not add or subtract from the book, the
characters themselves are almost exactly how I had pictured them when I
this story for the first time.
If you are looking for overblown sex and violence, for spectacular special
effects, or for unbelievable demonstrations raw physical strength, move on.
This movie will not interest you in the slightest. However, if you are
looking for a story of true love and true courage, if you are looking for a
movie whose beauty stems from a raw sense of humanity, then find yourself a
quiet place, where you won't be interrupted and watch this. You won't be