The Mighty (1998)

The Mighty (1998)



Critic Consensus: Heavy-handed and overwrought.

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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.
PG-13 (for elements of violence and peril.)
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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
Joe Perrino
as Blade
Meat Loaf
as Iggy
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
Jordan Hughes
as Denardo
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
Carl Marotte
as Doctor
Nora Sheehan
as Little Girl
William Van Allen
as Laundry Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Mighty

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Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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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
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
Richard C

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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
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