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

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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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30 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Freak the Mighty  »

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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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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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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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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Don't Count Me Out
Written by K. Perry
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Rent it. Buy it. Borrow it. SEE IT!!!!
20 June 2004 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

I heard about "The Mighty" after I saw The Battle of Shaker Heights and thought I'd find more movies with Elden Henson. I find that he has an ability to play the stupidest characters well ("Idle Hands") and the most clever ("Shaker Heights"). Anyway, I rented The Mighty because of its good rating and strong cast.

It was not what I expected.. it was so much greater. I have seen more than one's share of films and trust that the Mighty will not disappoint. A gem in the rocks? Much more. I have never read "Freak the Mighty" but this movie has me out seeking a copy.

Of course, Rowland's and Stanton's acting was solid. Elden Henson's and Kieran Culkan's are stunning. I believe this is one of Sharon Stone's best performances and Gillian Anderson shows her ability and range. Gandolfini was also as strong an asset as anyone else. This movie was just filled with stellar performances and moments that just make the audience get into the scene.

I really wish this movie had been advertised much more. I mean, my seeing it was quite an oddity. Makes me wonder how many of these great unseen movies I'm missing. Rent it. Buy it. Borrow it. You will not regret it.


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