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The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1998 (USA)
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Two young boys, both social outcasts in their small town, form an unlikely friendship.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Douglas Bisset ...
Homeless Man
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Doghouse Boy #1
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Eve Crawford ...
Mrs. Donelli
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Mr. Sacker
Bruce Tubbe ...
Officer
Rudy Webb ...
Mr. Hampton
Ron Nigrini ...
Man in Diner
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This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship. Kevin, an intelligent guy helps out Maxwell to improve his reading skills. In return, Kevin wants Maxwell to take him out places since he is not allowed out unauthorized. Being the social outcasts of the town, Kevin and Maxwell come to realize that they are similar to each other and accept that they are "freaks" and nothing will stop them. Written by Thorpe89

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The quest for friendship is the noblest cause of all. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for elements of violence and peril | See all certifications »

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30 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Freak the Mighty  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$87,705, 11 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,643,689, 22 November 1998
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Originally, the author of the source book, Rodman Philbrick, also wrote the screenplay, but that screenplay was scrapped because it was too much like the book. See more »

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In the hospital after the spaghetti scene, we see Kevin speak right after the tracheotomy. See more »

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Maxwell Kane: [narrating] It was Freak who told me about King Arthur. How he got this round table, and how he got the bravest knights, and the whole world to sit at that table. You will be brothers, said King Arthur. And you will fight for all those who ask for help. You will be gentle to the weak, but terrible to the wicked. It was Freak who told me about King Arthur. It was Freak who told me everything.
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References Throw Momma from the Train (1987) See more »

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Don't Count Me Out
Written by K. Perry
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Loved every minute
13 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie was great and I'd encourage anyone to see it. Both of the young actors are fantastic, especially Eldon Henson, and the adults in the movie are pretty good, too. Gillian Anderson and Henson have a really beautiful moment at a bus stop near the end. I also cried at one point quite a lot. It really was an amazing movie and deserves some praise.


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