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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

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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,643,689, 22 November 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 and Kevin return the purse to the woman in Cincinnati, they are shown sitting down in a park looking across the Ohio river into downtown. This is Devou Park, and it is in Covington, KY, not Cincinnati. See more »

Quotes

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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 The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Todo En La Vida Se Paga
Written by Steven John
Courtesy of Zomba Music Services
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A decent drama with a touching story, good cast and decent direction
8 August 2005 | by PersianPlaya408See all my reviews

A touching story about a friendship between two middle school boys. Max(Henson) is a big kid who has a rough past, while Kevin or "freak" as they call him in the film is a boy with a physical disability that prevent him from walkin without stilt like crutches. Kieran Culkin was great in this film, very good performance early in his career. Elden Henson was not bad in a role that could have been played better, but he was decent, it was a bit of a hard role. Gandolfini was great and stole his limited number of scenes. Harry Dean Stanton was good as well, as was Gillian Anderson. The one disappointment was Sharon Stone who was very good in her scenes, but a bit wasted due to the screenplay concentrating mostly on the teenage characters. This film moves a bit slow, but is nonetheless a very heartwarming and touching picture. The direction is good, and screenplay is solid as well, acting is good for the most part. a Solid film. 8/10


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