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The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1998 (USA)
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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Dov Tiefenbach ...
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Mr. Sacker
Bruce Tubbe ...
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Rudy Webb ...
Mr. Hampton
Ron Nigrini ...
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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:

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

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$2,643,689 (USA) (20 November 1998)
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Originally, the movie was supposed to be called "Freak the Mighty", just like the book. But, Miramax, the Studio that distributed the movie found the title too offensive, so the title was chopped in half to "The Mighty". See more »

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During a jump ball in basketball, the players in the circle aren't allowed to grab the ball, they must tip it to another player. See more »

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[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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Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857)
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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Very Good Movie
17 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie was very good. I don't usually rate a movie a full ten. I believe that I have only rated maybe a dozen movies in my lifetime this high. The ending musical score will make one soar with the bird. It is an amazing final scene. Others I have scored high are Network, A Clockwork Orange, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Long Riders and Cat Ballou. I believe that Harry Dean Stanton and Sharon Stone did not receive enough on screen time. The Mighty flowed pretty smooth and there weren't a lot of slow periods. I would have liked to have seen more action when the boys were bullied but then again that may have given younger viewers ideas. But beware..the soundtrack to The Mighty does not include the ending theme music which is the best part of the soundtrack.


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