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Of Mice and Men
Like The Last of the Mohicans, this movie is based on a major American novel that was turned into a splendid film 50 or so years ago. This is still a picturesque, affecting movie. Directing his second feature, Sinise A Midnight Clear seems to have let Malkovich run out of control as Lennie, the hulking man who just wants to have smooth things to stroke and to be let alone. The ordinarily slight Malkovich bulked up for the part and at times seems to be wearing platform shoes. Lon Chaney Jr. Chancy was also physically bigger and more convincing as a muscle man. The Depression worked better in black-and-white.
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In John Steinbeck's classic "Of Mice and Men," two bedraggled hobos or bindle stiffs wander through the shimmering rural landscape of northern California during the Great Depression, taking odd jobs as they move from farm to farm. Lennie is mildly retarded but strong. His best and only friend, George, is smart and paternalistic, though he sometimes wonders aloud if his life wouldn't be easier without Lennie. They don't belong no place. Lennie and George take a job bucking barley for a ranch owner and his neurotically defensive son, Curley. And the story -- like Greek tragedy -- moves toward the wrenching conclusion that has reduced eighth-grade English students to tears, year after year. A new film version of the novel opens on Friday, directed and co-produced by Gary Sinise, who also plays George.