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CLIP DESCRIPTION:
George (Gary Sinise) takes a dead mouse away from Lennie (John Malkovich), causing Lennie to cry, but promises to one day buy him a puppy.

FILM DESCRIPTION:
Gary Sinese directed this respectful re-telling of John Steinbeck's classic novel, with Sinese as the wily George and John Malkovich as the brutish, simple-minded Lennie. Set during the Depression era, the film opens as George and Lennie are running from a woman with a torn dress, who has sent a gang of ruffians to chase the two out of the county. After a long bus ride and a ten-mile walk, George and Lennie arrive at a migrant farm in California's San Joaquin Valley, where they seek work. George dreams of putting together enough money to buy a small piece of land where he and Lennie can build a home; he hopes that in California the two can realize their dream. Unfortunately, the foreman of the ranch, Curley (Casey Siemaszko), enjoys tormenting Lennie, while Curley's frustrated wife (Sherilyn Fenn) entices Lennie with her sexual allure. George warns Lennie to steer clear of Curley's wife, but Lennie follows her to a barn where a tragedy occurs and George and Lennie's dreams are shattered.

CREDITS:
TM & © MGM (1992)
Cast: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise
Director: Gary Sinise
Producers: Alan C. Blomquist, Gary Sinise, Russell Smith
Screenwriters: John Steinbeck, Horton Foote

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3 questions

1. Compare George to Lennie. Find 2 similar traits and 2 differences. (00:00:00)

2. Since George knows that Lennie has killed many mice in the past, is he doing the right thing by giving him more mice or a puppy? Explain (00:02:09)

3. How does this scene foreshadow future events? (00:02:34)

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