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  • Actors: Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Sharon Stone, Harry Dean Stanton, Gena Rowlands
  • Directors: Peter Chelsom
  • Writers: Charles Leavitt, Rodman Philbrick
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Deborah Forte, Don Carmody, Harvey Weinstein, Jane Startz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,015 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IO4H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Award-winning actresses Sharon Stone (SPHERE, CASINO) and Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES) star in this uplifting motion picture that's received overwhelming critical acclaim! With his loving and supportive mother (Stone), 13-year-old Kevin (Kieran Culkin) moves in next door to another teen, Max. Though both have problems that label them as outcasts, Kevin and Max discover that by proudly combining their strengths and uniting as one, they can overcome their individual limitations and triumph over any adversity! As the two set out on a series of courageous adventures, they find the mightiest treasure of all: friendship! With Gena Rowlands (PLAYING BY HEART) and a stellar supporting cast, THE MIGHTY is truly exceptional entertainment that will lift your spirits and touch your heart!

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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 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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
My class of fifteen "learning disabled" students read the book "Freak the Mighty". These are at risk students who for the most part, could care less about reading anything. They absolutely loved the book! Every day at bell time I would hear, "No, we can't stop here!" Some even wanted to take the book home and read ahead! While watching the film, I noticed some 6th grade boys with tears in their eyes and the girls were simply dissolved in tears. This is a wonderful movie for people of all ages but particularly for those kids who sometimes feel like they walk in Max and Freak's footsteps every day. We also read the sequel, "Max the Mighty" and found it equally as absorbing. We are hoping there is a movie sequel! Thank you Rodman Philbrick for writing such a beautiful,memorable story! Kudos to the cast of "The Mighty" for their performances. I intend to buy a copy for myself and several for gifts.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Lori L. Graham on July 11, 2003
Format: DVD
How in the HELL did this movie get lost in theatres? Why didn't every critic in America tell the world to see it?
I remember when I first heard that this book, FREAK THE MIGHTY (by Rodman Philbrick), was going to be made into a movie and that Gillian Anderson was going to play a small role. Well, I went ahead and read the book because (a) I'm an X-Files fan, and (b) I wanted to know what so drew her to the project that she was willing to play a less than a major role.
The book just tore me apart-- it wasn't just that I'd been a misfit myself in my youth, but the fact that it dealt with sometimes amazing, sometimes painful situations in such a clear-eyed way, never pandering to or underestimating the intelligence of the reader.
This film, while not adhering to the book to the letter (but damned close) kept the SPIRIT of the book intact, and for that I credit not only the director and screenwriter but the cast. Everyone involved seems to be most concerned with truth-- not is it dramatic, is it sad, is it funny, but is it HONEST?
While I credit all involved parties with making this film work so well, I have to say that NONE of it would have worked had it not been for the two leads, Elden Hensen and Kieran Culkin. These two ASTOUNDING young men are so utterly concerned with their characters as human beings that there is not a single false note in either performance. Going in, Culkin has an additional challenge/handicap-- the wiseacre type honed by his brother Macauley might well have been expected here, given the no-apologies intelligence that characterizes Kevin/Freak. But Culkin has no interest in just getting laughs-- he seems entirely aware that there are more important treasures to be had from this material.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Little on August 26, 1999
Format: DVD
I had seen the theatrical trailer for this film when the working title was "Freak the Mighty." I suppose someone thought the term 'freak" to be deragatory; however, after seeing this sleeper, I'd be proud if someone thought I had those rare and wonderful characteristics Kieran Culkin's character, "Freak," displayed in this film. I don't ever remember this movie coming to Honolulu (so much for the "Coming soon to a theater near you" slogan!), but I was thrilled when it was released on DVD. I rented, and sat at home alone watching it one evening after work. I rented it again three days later when my girlfriend was over so she could see it, and loved it even more the next time. I've ordered the DVD from Amazon (it should be here tomorrow!), and plan on sharing it with as many of my friends as possible. This is as touching and heartwarming a film as I've seen in years. It is destined to become a classic -- it has lessons that all our children should learn, hopefully before they're too old to be shaped by the story. With little violence, almost no foul language, a marvelous soundtrack (featuring the title song by Sting) and an outstanding ensemble cast, you cannot go wrong with this film. It is destined to become on of my all-time favorites.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lee on June 19, 2001
Format: DVD
Oh wow. I fell in love with this movie from the moment the music started to play. The music is Celtic, and it's really outstanding. But it's Eldan Henson and Kieran Culkin who really steal the show.
The film starts off with Max Kane (Henson). Max is in 7th grade, but he is at least two feet taller than everyone else in his grade. He is always being teased by bullies for his size, his illiteracy, and his infamous father.
Then a kid named Kevin Dillan (Culkin) moves into the neighborhood. Kevin is also in 7th grade, but he is very small and has a birth defect that forces him to walk on crutches. He is also extremely smart. Bullies tease him, too.
Soon, Kevin and Max became inseparable friends. Max became Kevin's legs, and Kevin became Max's brain. By themselves, Max and Kevin were just freaks of nature who were always teased. But when they are together, they are called "Freak the Mighty"! And then what happens is.....what, did you really think I'd tell you what happens next?
The script in this movie is absolutely adorable. Here are some of the quotes:
--"So you're a pacifist.....yeah, a pacifist. You know, 'pass on the fist'?"
--"I said, you're a cretin!.....yeah, a cretin! C-R-E-T-I-N! Look it up in the dictionary and you'll find your mugshot!"
--"My father was a magician. He heard the words, 'birth defect', and disappeared."
--"Don't think of it as a friendship. Think of it as a partnership. You need a brain and I need legs. And the Wizard of Oz doesn't live in South Cincinnati."
--"Every word is part of a picture. Every sentence IS a picture. All you do is let your imagination connect them together.....if you HAVE an imagination, that is."
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