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The Mighty1998

The Mighty (1998)



Critic Consensus: Spirited and sweet with an emphasis on the healing power of friendship, The Mighty is a modest charmer that comes by its whimsy honestly.

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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.

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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
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 (40) | Top Critics (11)

Good movie about friendship for middle schoolers.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What I liked most about the movie is the way it shows that imagination can be a weapon in life.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Touching and ultimately rewarding..Culkin shines

April 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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

February 8, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Decently acted but only moderately inspiring.

January 23, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Celebrates imagination as the firepower that enables these two outsiders to transcend their disabilities, loneliness, and familial problems.

March 3, 2002 | Full Review…

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

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
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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