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The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1998 (USA)
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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Douglas Bisset ...
Homeless Man
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Blade
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Doghouse Boy #1
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Mrs. Donelli
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Mr. Sacker
Bruce Tubbe ...
Officer
Rudy Webb ...
Mr. Hampton
Ron Nigrini ...
Man in Diner
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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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$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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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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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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The Mighty
(1998)
Written by Sting and Trevor Jones
Performed by Sting
Sting appears courtesy of A&M records
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Among the very best.
9 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has become one of my very favorite movies, though I guess it's a bit masochistic to want to sit and cry for 100 minutes every six months or so. Of course, if you're watching it for the first time, you won't have to start crying right away, but on subsequent viewings I advise getting the Kleenex box before you press "Play." The performances of Kieran Culkin and Elden Henson are just superb, even allowing for their both being considerably older than their characters. It's so good to see an honest portrayal of the depth and sensitivity that young people are capable of in their autonomous relationships. As I have elsewhere, let me register my protest that the two actors who occupy at least 95% of this film's footage and its dialogue are billed I believe fourth and sixth in the credits. This discrimination by age would not be tolerated, either legally or by the guilds, if it similarly regarded for instance race or gender.


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