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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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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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

[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 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mighty
(1998)
Written by Sting and Trevor Jones
Performed by Sting
Sting appears courtesy of A&M records
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Cute and heartwarming, yet deep
24 July 2004 | by layniac1104See all my reviews

I read the book that this movie is based on in English class and we were required to watch the movie. Well, I missed a lot of class and ended up seeing only bits and pieces of the movie. Well, I just had to see the movie in full, because I liked the book so much, so I rented it.

What can I say? I LOVED IT! Kieran Culkin was outstanding, as was Elden Henson. Ah, heck, everybody in this film was outstanding. The only complaint I have is that I felt that the death scene wasn't dramatic enough. I cry a lot in movies, even when no one dies, and this was probably the only movie involving death in which I DIDN'T cry. All in all, though, this was just so great. See it. It's one of the best movies I've seen in my life and it takes a lot to impress me.

A true 9.5/10 film.


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