The Mighty

The Mighty

Peter Chelsom (1998)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Not one for sceptics, this heart-warming drama (based on Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty) is a reminder of how special childhood can be. Elden Henson gives a wonderful performance as lumbering outcast Maxwell, whose miserable life at school is transformed by his friendship with the intellectually gifted and physically disabled Kevin (Kieran Culkin), who introduces Maxwell to an imaginary life outside his own depressing existence. Henson and Culkin are superb, and they are ably supported by a cast that includes Sharon Stone as Kevin's mum, Gena Rowlands, Gillian Anderson and Harry Dean Stanton.


Two introverted boys - one with learning difficulties, the other physically disabled - are thrown together by fate and forge a firm friendship. As they struggle to cope with the world at large, their shared interests and experiences help them to deal with the pitfalls of growing up on the fringes of society. Drama, starring Sharon Stone, Elden Henson, Harry Dean Stanton, Kieran Culkin and Gillian Anderson.

Cast & Crew

Gwen Dillon Sharon Stone
Gram Gena Rowlands
Loretta Lee Gillian Anderson
Kevin Dillon Kieran Culkin
Maxwell Kane Elden Henson
Grim Harry Dean Stanton
Mr Sacker John Bourgeois
Mrs Donelli Eve Crawford
Director Peter Chelsom
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD