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Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion (1995)

Unrated | | Documentary, Biography, Sport | TV Movie
The story of the life and career of boxer Sonny Liston, who rose from being a violent street enforcer for an organized crime ring to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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Jeff Lieberman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonny Liston ... Himself (archive footage)
William Nack ... Himself - writer
Jerry Izenberg ... Himself
Geraldine Liston Geraldine Liston ... Herself
Raymond Munson Raymond Munson ... Himself - friend
Nigel Collins Nigel Collins ... Himself - Ring magazine
Pat Putnam Pat Putnam ... Himself - boxing historian
Bob Burnes Bob Burnes ... Himself - Liston's first manager
Johnny Tocco Johnny Tocco ... Himself - Liston's first trainer
William Roemer William Roemer ... Himself - former FBI agent
Foneda Cox Foneda Cox ... Himself - Liston's sparring partner
James Reddick James Reddick ... Himself - former police detective
Hank Kaplan Hank Kaplan ... Himself
Ray Schoeninger Ray Schoeninger ... Himself - Liston's sparring partner
Larry Merchant ... Himself
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The story of the life and career of boxer Sonny Liston, who rose from being a violent street enforcer for an organized crime ring to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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USA

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English

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Great Documentary About a Complicated Man
25 August 2002 | by Tiger_MarkSee all my reviews

Everybody knows who Mike Tyson is, but before there was Iron Mike, there was Sonny Liston. Sonny Liston made Mike Tyson seem like a school girl. Liston was big, mean, tough and controlled by the mob. He started from a poor and harsh upbringing and eventually became Heavyweight Champ of the World. However, being champ did not end his troubles, in a way, they just started. Fascinating look at a very interesting life.


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