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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
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May 08, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: best-reads, adapted-to-screen

Oustanding short heart warming story

Some facts about the book, author and the movies..
Of Mice and Men was adapted for the screen three times, the first in 1939, two years after the publication of the novel. This adaptation of Of Mice and Men stars Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, Burgess Meredith as George, and was directed by Lewis Milestone.It was nominated for four Oscars.[16]

In 1981 it was made into a TV movie, starring Randy Quaid as Lennie, and Robert Blake as George, and was directed by Reza Badiyi.

Another theatrical film version was made in 1992, directed by Gary Sinise, who was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Sinise also played George in the film, and the role of Lennie was played by John Malkovich. For this adaptation, both men reprised their roles from the 1980 Steppenwolf Theatre Company production.

John Steinbeck loved the movie and said that Henry Fonda as Tom Joad made him "believe my own words".

Prior to filming, producer Darryl F. Zanuck sent undercover investigators out to the migrant camps to see if John Steinbeck had been exaggerating about the squalor and unfair treatment meted out there. He was horrified to discover that, if anything, Steinbeck had actually downplayed what went on in the camps.
The novel's original ending was far too controversial to be even considered for a film in 1940. It involved Rose-of-Sharon Rivers (Dorris Bowdon) giving birth to a stillborn baby and then offering her milk-filled breasts to a starving man, dying in a barn.

Darryl F. Zanuck paid $100,000 for the rights to John Steinbeck's novel - a staggering amount of money at the time. Steinbeck only allowed the rights to be sold under the proviso that the filmmakers should show the material due reverence and treat the project responsibly.


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Alex Gillespie Take off the bold font. It's obnoxious.


message 2: by Noran (last edited Nov 24, 2011 11:33AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Noran Miss Pumkin I like the bold font. Also great review, with the film history tie in. Thanks for sharing this with us!


message 3: by Lou (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lou Thanks was more info than a review, will review properly some time.


message 4: by Janelle (new) - added it

Janelle Why did you add facts about The Grapes of Wrath movies? They are interesting, but it may be confusing for someone who hasn't read both books.


Zach S Great visual addition to the review!


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