The actors seem as though they actually walked off the pages of Steinbeck's book. John Malkovich as Lennie and Ray Walston as Candy are particularly excellent and embody all of the characteristics of those men. The director did a great job of making Malkovich look as big as Lennie. There is an added scene, which fits perfectly, showing Lennie loading grain bags on a wagon. There are two such scenes of the men working in the fields which do not detract and are implicit in the text. The setting too is very realistic. Although the movie was not filmed in the Salinas Valley, it was filmed about 200 miles south in the Santa Ynez Valley of California, which, for all intents and purposes, is virtually the same. The bunkhouse too is a good replica down to the card table and "tin-shaded electric light."