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The Mighty

The movie The Mighty was based on the book Freak the Mighty.

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Movie details for The Mighty

The movie was released in 1998 and directed by Peter Chelsom. The Mighty was produced by Walt Disney Video. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Harry Dean Stanton, Gena Rowlands, Elden Henson, Douglas Bisset, Joseph Perrino, Dov Tiefenbach, Michael Colton, Daniel Lee, Eve Crawford, Kieran Culkin, Sharon Stone, John Bourgeois, Bruce Tubbe, Rudy Webb, Ron Nigrini, Nadia Litz, Gillian Anderson, Meat Loaf, Serena Pruyn and Telmo Miranda.

 

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Caught between the purest of intentions and unimaginative shortcuts to sentimentality, The Mighty is nevertheless rewarding enough to make it worth seeing. Kieran Culkin stars as Kevin, a terminally ill but spirited young boy who befriends a healthy bu... Read More
Caught between the purest of intentions and unimaginative shortcuts to sentimentality, The Mighty is nevertheless rewarding enough to make it worth seeing. Kieran Culkin stars as Kevin, a terminally ill but spirited young boy who befriends a healthy but illiterate social outcast, Maxwell (Elden Henson). They realize that together they are a stronger, braver force than they are as individuals, and the various opportunities they have to confront persecutors and memories of their bad fathers are handled very effectively by director Peter Chelsom (a very original filmmaker who made the terrific Funny Bones). The curious adult casting includes Sharon Stone (a natural scene-stealer even when she doesn't intend it) as Kevin's saintly mother, and Gillian Anderson in a quite-unbelievable supporting role. Chelsom's lapses in judgment are not terribly significant (imaginary appearances by Camelot-era knights on horseback are the most annoying), though one could argue that a plot to kidnap one of the boys is a cheesy way to underscore the kids' redemptive loyalty to one another. Still, all in all, you can laugh and cry at this tale of rare friendship, and admire the sensitive performances by Chelsom's younger players. --Tom Keogh

Book details for Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty was written by Rodman Philbrick. The book was published in 1993 by Usborne Publishing Ltd. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

 

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