The Mighty (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  9 October 1998 (USA)
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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,... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Bisset ...
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Michael Colton ...
Doghouse Boy #2
Daniel Lee ...
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Mrs. Donelli
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Man in Diner


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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Courage comes in all sizes. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freak the Mighty  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$87,705 (USA) (9 October 1998)


£14,104 (UK) (25 December 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The trailer features two scenes not used in the final film: Max playing with one of Kevin's toys and Kevin getting a computer on Christmas. See more »


Geoff Alexander is credited as conductor twice. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Arranged by John D'Andrea
Performed by Pat Boone
Courtesy of MCA records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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More than "Mighty", it's great!
14 December 1999 | by (Chicago,Illinois,USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a real sleeper. I heard it was pretty good from a friend. My friend really understated.

Every thing about this movie is thoroughly enjoyable. The story is enthralling. The cinematography and special effects are wonderful. The acting is, well Harry Dean Stanton and Gena Rowlands do their usual great job and the two boys who play Max and the Freak (Kevin), Elden Ratliff and Kieran Culkin are impressive. Meat Loaf and Gillian Anderson are a trip to watch and Sharon Stone showed me acting that I didn't think she had in her. All in all a cast that does a great job.

The sound track is really something. I thoroughly enjoyed the music. If there was a small impediment in the film, it was a story that could of played on sympathy, but I don't think it was harmful. I've seen this storyline before, but the way it was done I didn''t care.

See it.

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