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The Mighty (1998)

The Mighty (1998)

The Mighty



Critic Consensus: Heavy-handed and overwrought.

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In the tradition of My Left Foot (1989), Peter Chelsom directed this emotional drama of outcasts, adapted from the Rodman Philbrick's popular young-adult novel Freak the Mighty. Although burly, slow-paced eight-grader Maxwell Kane (Elden Hensen), who narrates, is learning disabled, he nevertheless has a poetic soul, as evidenced when he meets the bright and brainy Kevin Dillon (Kieran Culkin), crippled by a birth defect. The physically deformed Kevin, who wears leg braces and uses crutches, suffers from Morquio's Syndrome, which causes physical growth to stop after the age of six. Illiterate Max gets Kevin as a reading tutor, and the two misfits soon become friends, sharing a vision of life as a contemporary Camelot. Gena Rowlands and Harry Dean Stanton appear as Max's grandparents and guardians. Max is portrayed by 19-year-old Emerson College filmmaking student Henson, while Sharon Stone has the role of Gwen Dillon, Kevin's mother. Boston-born author Philbrick, who winters in Key West, otherwise resides in Seacoast, New Hampshire (the setting of the book). The movie was filmed at a soundstage in Toronto, the University of Toronto, Cincinnati, and Covington, Kentucky. Exhibited out of competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.more
Rating: PG-13 (for elements of violence and peril.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Leavitt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001


Sharon Stone
as Gwen Dillon
Gillian Anderson
as Loretta Lee
James Gandolfini
as Kenny Kane
Kieran Culkin
as Kevin Dillon
Elden Henson
as Maxwell Kane
Jenifer Lewis
as Mrs. Addison
Douglas Bisset
as Homeless Man
Dov Tiefenbach
as Doghouse Boy No. 1
Michael Colton
as Doghouse Boy No. 2
Daniel Lee
as Doghouse Boy No. 3
Eve Crawford
as Mrs. Donelli
John Bourgeois
as Mr. Sacker
Bruce Tubbe
as Officer
Rudy Webb
as Mr. Hampton
Ron Nigrini
as Man in Diner
Nadia Litz
as Girl in Diner
Serena Pruyn
as Girl in Hall
Telmo Miranda
as Boy in Hall
Bryon Bully
as Fat Boy
Charlaine Porter
as Girl with Limp
Lisa Marie Chen
as Girl Cafeteria
Lisa Mininni
as Cashier
Ann Chiu
as Nurse
Nora Sheehan
as Little Girl
William Van Allen
as Laundry Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Mighty

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14)

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Good movie about friendship for middle schoolers.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Touching and ultimately rewarding..Culkin shines

April 27, 2003

...A cheesy, overdramatic tear-jerker full of transparent sentimentality and forced emotion.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Decently acted but only moderately inspiring.

January 23, 2003
Nitrate Online

Audience Reviews for The Mighty

Wonderfully written story, about two young bully victims - both outsiders and disabled in their own way - who find a best friend in each other, and together overcome their burdens and tormentors. Kieran Culkin is really funny as the clever and quirky "Freak", and shows that the talent in the family isn't limited to his brother Macaulay. Equally positive comments can be applied to the rest of the cast. Everyone plays their role to perfection and gives it their very best. But what I love most about the film is the way it is told. A great narration - divided into chapters like a book - and with an homage to the classic tale of King Arthur and his knights. A film for the heart, that provides hope, humor and a well-needed message. See it and enjoy an inspirational piece of film-making.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

i had read the book and it's much better then this movie. I thought this was good though. it had some stupid parts that I didn't like, like te king arthur things. I think they could have made the end better. the ending wasn't as powerful as it could have been. it was
a good movie though but it's not really great. B

Richard C

Super Reviewer


The Mighty is about two kids who together are much more than each is separately. The acting of the two kids is great, and I don't know how they convinced the supporting cast of adults (Sharon Stone, X-File's Gillian Anderson, Meatloaf, Gena Rowlands) to join the cast.

I found the story moving and predictable as it moved to its inevitable conclusion, but still a pretty good film.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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