Mighty

The Mighty

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Director: Peter Chelsom

Cast: Peter Chelsom, Sharon Stone, Elden Henson, Kieran Culkin

     
 

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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

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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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Ably sidestepping treacle, the modern fairy tale The Mighty succeeds on the strength of true performances by the pituitary-challenged Elden Henson and Kieran Culkin (showcasing far more natural ability than ever displayed by his older brother, McCauley). That the latter child actor rides around on the shoulders of the former for much of the movie, together one complete boy, makes them a defiant rather than pitiable twosome, shrugging off the everyday abuses that dot their lives. John DeBorman's inventive camerawork draws out the wonder from Charles Leavitt's clean adaptation, while Peter Chelsom's solid direction further strengthens the package. The decision to split the narrative into chapters, each dressed up with medieval flourishes, also effectively translates the epic spirit of the children's storytelling. What doesn't seem quite so neat is that the boys' adventures actually take on the life-or-death quality of knightly combat; fellow eighth graders come at them with knives, really meaning to cut them, and they become embroiled with an escaped convict who wants their blood. One wouldn't think a boy on crutches and a harmless giant would warrant such heavy artillery. The quiet moments of friendship are better, making it easy for a viewer to dream away into the world they create. The Mighty is a minor film, to be sure, but it's a pleasing one.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
UPC:
0786936066838
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sharon Stone Gwen Dillon
Elden Henson Maxwell Kane
Kieran Culkin Kevin Dillon
Gena Rowlands Gram
Harry Dean Stanton Grim
Gillian Anderson Loretta Lee
James Gandolfini Kenny Kane
Joe Perrino Blade
Meat Loaf Iggy
Jenifer Lewis Mrs. Addison

Technical Credits
Peter Chelsom Director
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Don Carmody Co-producer
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Cohen Casting
Dennis Davenport Art Director
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Marie-Sylvie Deveau Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Fields Producer
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Caroline Hanania Production Designer
David J. Webb Asst. Director
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Charles Leavitt Screenwriter
Cal Loucks Set Decoration/Design
Amy Ostrower Production Manager
Jane Startz Producer
Martin Walsh Editor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

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The Mighty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your looking for an adventure, this is an awsome movie, as well as a book. It gets sad closer to the end though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''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.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.