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The Mighty (1998)

 -  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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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 »

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

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Freak the Mighty  »

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£14,104 (UK) (25 December 1998)

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£14,104 (UK) (25 December 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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While Max is waiting for his LD reading teacher, Kevin comes into the room, announces that he is Max's student tutor and sits down. The counter immediately behind Kevin is bare. Kevin tells Max to start reading from his book, Max says that he doesn't have a book, and then we see that a backpack is on the counter immediately behind Kevin from which he gets a book on King Arthur. 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 Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Let the Good Times Roll
(1956)
Written by Leonard Lee and Shirley Goodman
Performed by B.B. King and Zucchero
B.B. King appears courtesy of MCA records
Zucchero appears courtesy of Mercury records
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very well made movie about friends-beautiful storytelling
3 March 2001 | by (Evansville, Indiana) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie with great actors. I really liked the two friends, especially the tall kid (I'm too lazy to look his name up again)...anyhow...he has done some good work in some very small films (mostly), and he always gets the characters he plays just right. The movie overall is a very touching story, and it's hard not to get teared up every now and then. The cast works really well in all the roles, and all of the acting is very good. I really like the use of music in this movie, it goes a long way in making the story that much better...and it seems to lend a certain mood to the entire film.

It's refreshing to see "feel- good" movies like this, without all the pointless, useless violence and/or sex scenes. It seems to be a movie made for one reason- to entertain and enlighten (to a point)...not for cash, like most movies. It might not have done a huge box office, but it's well worth whatever you spend renting it, or you might stay up late and catch it on one of the premium networks. I would definitely recommend this movie, you won't be sorry.

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