The MightyDirector: Peter Chelsom
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.
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Cast & Crew
|Sharon Stone||Gwen Dillon|
|Elden Henson||Maxwell Kane|
|Kieran Culkin||Kevin Dillon|
|Harry Dean Stanton||Grim|
|Gillian Anderson||Loretta Lee|
|James Gandolfini||Kenny Kane|
|Jenifer Lewis||Mrs. Addison|
|Mary Gail Artz||Casting|
|Bruce Carwardine||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Dennis Davenport||Art Director|
|Marie-Sylvie Deveau||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Julie Goldstein||Executive Producer|
|Caroline Hanania||Production Designer|
|David J. Webb||Asst. Director|
|Trevor Jones||Score Composer|
|Cal Loucks||Set Decoration/Design|
|Amy Ostrower||Production Manager|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
1. Program Start/ Dinosaur Brain [5:32]
2. New Neighbors [3:55]
3. Reading King Arthur [7:16]
4. "That's How it Started" [7:20]
5. A Knight of the Realm [2:32]
6. High Above the World [5:37]
7. The Stolen Purse [5:06]
8. "The Spitting Image" [4:30]
9. Freak the Mighty [5:58]
10. Falling Down to Earth [5:24]
11. A New Body [6:44]
12. "I'm Just Like Him!" [1:19]
13. Down the Chinmney [10:50]
14. Killer Kane [7:33]
15. Christmas (A Week Later) [1:36]
16. The Empty Book [7:28]
17. What Loretta Said [3:58]
18. Once and Future King [2:40]
19. End Credits [4:53]
English for the Hearing Impaired
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I thought that the part with Max's flashback to his mom's murder could've been done much better, like with 3-D flashes and stuff. The kid who plays Freak was great, but Freak's character should've been more faithful to the book. In the book he's bossy and has a big know-it-all attitude (justifiably) and uses big words more often. In this movie he's too patient. Other than that, this is one of the best movies I've seen in a while. I adored the book, and I recommended it to anyone who's been picked on, or has had an outcasts friend, or who just likes good books about redemption. I hope they redo this movie and make it more intense and faithful to the book.
This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time--I have not read the book so I cannot speak to it being true to it but as a movie is has everything--relationships, adventure, fun, drama, happiness, sadness--what more can you ask of a movie?? And you can let your kids watch it!!
If your looking for an adventure, this is an awsome movie, as well as a book. It gets sad closer to the end though.
''The Mighty'' is the best movie that I have seen come along in a long time. Some people might not agree with me on that, but that is their opinion and this is mine. People say that it had good acting, but a bad script. Well It is my favorite movie. I am only 15 years old, but I think my opinion is as good as any other. There was humor, action, adventure, and some dramatic parts. People don't give it enough critical acclaim. I don't know how it happened but Henson and Culkin played outstanding roles. Henson, the slow and illiterate seventh grade outcast lets you beleive that he doesn't think he is smart. As the story progresses, however, he proves that he has one of the most poetic minds. He plays his roles brilliantly. Culkin makes it! He is the more or less comedic character in the story. He is bright, but crippled. He gives you the sense not to feel sorry for him. No one could play the role like him. He and Henson are the reasons that I label ''The Mighty'' my favorite movie. What I am saying is that there was good acting, good script, but bad advertisement. They led movie-goers to believe that it was a Sharon Stone movie and I can tell you one thing it wasn't even close to a Sharon Stone movie. All and all I give Peter Chelsom's adaption of Rodman Philbrickk's, who without him none of this could have been possible, ''Freak the Mighty.''
freak the mighty is 1 of the top books! kevin (freak) is the best character and most funniest. you should read the book freak the mighty or see the movie the mighty
Well I thought the book was better than the movie cause the book gives more details then the movie and the movie skips most of the good parts.
First time I saw this was on TV, it was near the end when Max and Kevin are celebrating Christmas. Now after seeing it from beginning to end, it's a sometimes sad but good film about two misunderstood kids that become friends. Both Elden Henson and Kieran Culkin did a great job in their roles as Max and Kevin. Sharon Stone was pretty good as the Fair Gwen. Wish she could be in more roles like this. The ending I admit I got a little teary eyed. Book's good too. Recommend both.
it was an ok movie but it could have been more close to the book. They could have cast freak with a beter person to play the role. they could have cast gram and grim as older people.
I am a 67 year old grandmother and I justloved every bit of the movie. It is alsoclean enough to let your children and grandchildren watch. I wish there weremore movies like it.