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The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1998 (USA)
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Two young boys, both social outcasts in their small town, form an unlikely friendship.

Director:

Peter Chelsom

Writers:

Rodman Philbrick (novel), Charles Leavitt (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Dean Stanton ... Grim
Gena Rowlands ... Gram
Elden Henson ... Maxwell Kane
Douglas Bisset Douglas Bisset ... Homeless Man
Joe Perrino ... Blade
Dov Tiefenbach ... Doghouse Boy #1
Michael Colton Michael Colton ... Doghouse Boy #2
Daniel Lee ... Doghouse Boy #3
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Mrs. Donelli
Kieran Culkin ... Kevin Dillon
Sharon Stone ... Gwen Dillon
John Bourgeois ... Mr. Sacker
Bruce Tubbe Bruce Tubbe ... Officer
Rudy Webb Rudy Webb ... Mr. Hampton
Ron Nigrini 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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max has gained courage to look more closely n his own family story. he has gained the courage, to see the good and the bad, and the unfortunate ad found his character to be good and worthy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

After Max retrieves the purse from the sewer, we see a hand with a knife cut the rope holding the lid, which is supposed to be the hand of one of the boys of the gang. How could that boy arrive before all of the other boys, and at the same time as the boy on the motorcycle? 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

References The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Strip Bar Style
Written and Performed by Peter Haycock
Courtesy of Ark 21 Records
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Rent it. Buy it. Borrow it. SEE IT!!!!
20 June 2004 | by deciphurSee 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freak the Mighty See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,705, 11 October 1998

Gross USA:

$2,652,246

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,652,246
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1.85 : 1
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