The Mighty

1998

The Mighty

Critics Consensus

Heavy-handed and overwrought.

75%

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Total Count: 40

79%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 8,459
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Movie Info

Peter Chelsom directed this family film in the tradition of My Left Foot (1989). Charles Leavitt scripted this adaptation of the young-adult novel Freak the Mighty (Blue Sky/Scholastic, 1993) by 45-year-old Rodman Philbrick. Big and burly eighth-grader Max Kane is learning disabled, but after he meets the brilliant and brainy Kevin (Kieran Culkin), crippled by a birth defect, the two realize they can become an unbeatable team. Kevin, who wears leg braces and uses crutches, suffers from Morquio's Syndrome, which causes physical growth to stop after the age of six. Max is portrayed by 19-year-old Emerson College filmmaking student Elden Hanson, while Sharon Stone plays Kevin's mother.

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Cast

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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Audience Reviews for The Mighty

  • Jan 23, 2016
    emotionally strong movie with a purpose and backbone. The film has a central character relationship that is brilliant and worthy of the duration. Great cast with Stone giving a nice clothed performance.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2011
    It all begins when young Kevin Dillon (KIERAN CULKIN) and his mother (SHARON STONE) move next door to Maxwell Kane (ELDEN HENSON) and his grandparents (GENA ROWLANDS, HARRY DEAN STANTON). Thirteen-year-old Max is a giant boy in size 14 shoes who's slow in school, short on courage, and long on not fitting in. But then, he meets Kevin, a tiny Einstein in leg braces with more smarts, lip and nerve than any kid in town. Both boys have been outcasts all their lives. To the local hoods, they're "Frankenstein and Igor." But united as one - with tiny Kevin perched atop the shoulders of giant Max - they form a single, courageous warrior: an imposing force with an iron will, a wild imagination, and the mightiest air of nobility since the reign of King Arthur. Together, this fearless combination that calls itself THE MIGHTY will set out on the ultimate quest: to right wrongs, slay dragons and rescue damsels in distress - in a kingdom as fierce and overflowing with dark forces as their own hometown.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2010
    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
  • Apr 02, 2009
    Fairly average feel-good movie.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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