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The Mighty (1998)

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

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

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Grim
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Gram
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Douglas Bisset ...
Homeless Man
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Blade
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Doghouse Boy #1
Michael Colton ...
Doghouse Boy #2
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Doghouse Boy #3
Eve Crawford ...
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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Courage comes in all sizes. 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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Opening Weekend:

$87,705 (USA) (11 October 1998)

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$2,643,689 (USA) (22 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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When Max runs out of his house, the ambulance is not moving. 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 Throw Momma from the Train (1987) 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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Wow.
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caught this one on late-night cable (where else) and just had it on in the background while I worked.... About ten minutes in it pretty much had my attention. About 30 minutes in, as the unique relationship between the two main characters comes into being, I was hooked.

This thing fires on all pistons. Great story, great actors, intelligent humor, moments of genuine tension, and genuinely touching moments without a hint of sappiness. There's not a cliché' in site. The script is wonderful, and the director throws a few remarkable cinematic touches at us, despite this being obvious a lowish-budget flick.

Did I mention that it's a wonderful, wonderful film? I'd give it a "12" if I could.


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