Of Mice and Men (1992)

Of Mice and Men Quote: “I done another bad thing.” – Lennie Smalls

It was only a matter of time before Shat The Movies was asked to provide serious commentary on a film adaptation of a John Steinbeck classic. Thanks to brothers Adam R. and Josh R., we’re pitting “Of Mice and Men” against “Interview with the Vampire” in the first Shat on Literature challenge.

This week, we question the wisdom of casting John Malkovich as an intellectually disabled giant, how much force it would take to crush a hand, and why commentary on racism was largely removed in the translation from book to film.

Big D confesses he would not be able to resist a hottie in the barn. Gene drools over the misery of tragic foreshadowing, and Ash puts her professor skills on full display.

Other topics include the artsy pigeon, Ray Walston’s missing hand, and how having a budget sometimes hurts a piece of art.

Plot Summary: “Of Mice and Men” Itinerant worker George (Gary Sinise) reflects on the time he spent traveling with Lennie (John Malkovich), a huge childlike man. The two men drift through California during the Great Depression, looking for work. After they find jobs on a ranch, Lennie develops an infatuation with the owner’s daughter-in-law (Sherilyn Fenn). However, when George and Lennie are handed an opportunity to own part of the ranch, Lennie’s fascination with the beautiful woman threatens to destroy their dreams.
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