Of Mice and Men: Movie Version

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Study Guide compares the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck to the movie Of Mice and Men (1992) starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. Screenplay by Horton Foote. Directed by Gary Sinise. A Metro-Goldyn-Mayer Picture. This is the best film of the book. Characters and plot are fairly accurate. Malkovich is spellbinding as Lennie.

THE MOVIE VERSION OF OF MICE AND MEN
IS NOT LIKE THE BOOK by John Steinbeck

RECOMMENDED MOVIE: Of Mice and Men (1992) starring John Malkovich, Gary Sinise. Screenplay by Horton Foote. Directed by Gary Sinise. A Metro-Goldyn-Mayer Picture. This is the best film of the book. Characters and plot are fairly accurate. Malkovich is spellbinding as Lennie.

WHAT’S IN THE BOOK THAT’S NOT IN THE MOVIE?
Lennie’s visions of Aunt Clara and the giant rabbit, George playing solitaire, Lennie’s black hat, Curley’s wife in Crooks’ room, Crooks’ offer to work on George and Lennie’s place for free, Lennie taking the dead puppy with him after the murder, Curley making George join the search for Lennie, the search party’s encounter with George after Lennie dies, Slim’s comprehension of the truth about Lennie’s death.

WHAT’S IN THE MOVIE THAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK?
George and Lennie escape on a train, George and Lennie visit a small town, the character of the bus driver, Curley’s punching bag, the boss’s office, the boss cracking nuts, George and the injured mule in the barn, George and Slim’s friendship, the game of gin rummy in the bunkhouse, Curley’s discovery of Lennie’s cap in the barn, George’s refusal to join the hunt for Lennie, George’s ride in a railway car after killing Lennie.

WHAT’S THE SAME?
The place by the river, the dead mouse, George’s lie that he and Lennie are cousins and that a horse kicked Lennie in the head, the story of the girl in the red dress, the barley harvest, Lennie’s fight with Curley, the shooting of Candy’s dog, George and Lennie’s dream farm, Curley’s glove filled with Vaseline, the dead puppy, Lennie’s murder of Curley’s wife, George’s murder of Lennie.

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