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The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 30 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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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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Rated PG-13 for elements of violence and peril | See all certifications »

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

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$2,643,689 (USA) (20 November 1998)
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British director Peter Chelsom's first American film. See more »

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Geoff Alexander is credited as conductor twice. 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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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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"Mighty" under-appreciated in 1998.
2 August 2005 | by (Phx. Arizona ("Arizona Smells Funny"!- Homer Simpson)) – See all my reviews

Granted,this film was no "blockbuster" when it came out in 1998. It did good business but after it's run,it was sort of forgotten. I have never even seen it on TV (to my knowledge).

Thank goodness for home video rental & libraries! I just watched it for the first time in 7 years and it was still as great as it was then. Simple plot,a very large boy with a troubled family past,meets and makes friend with a young boy who,despite walking with two hand-grip crutches seems almost fearless and able bodied. As well as very able minded,a genius he is!

I wont spoil this movie by going into too much detail except to say,watching these two young actors "interact" is what makes it such a triumph in film-making. Stone is great also as the little boy's mother and one would almost not recognize Gillian Anderson outside of the X-Files,I know I didn't! Buy or rent it. Good for kids,to age 8 and up I'd say!

Edit : August 2010 , finally read the book!


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