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Tyson (2008)

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A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

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James Toback

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James Toback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mills Lane ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Tyson ... Himself
Trevor Berbick Trevor Berbick ... Himself (archive footage)
Cus D'Amato Cus D'Amato ... Himself (archive footage)
William Cayton William Cayton ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Jacobs Jim Jacobs ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Louis ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Schmeling ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Dempsey ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Tunney ... Himself (archive footage)
Rocky Marciano ... Himself (archive footage)
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Williams Carl Williams ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Holmes ... Himself (archive footage)
Tyrell Biggs Tyrell Biggs ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Mike Tyson narrates his life story as a reaction to fear and as a resolution not to be bullied or humiliated as he was when a boy in Brooklyn's mean streets. He starts boxing while at a state detention center; his coach there sends him to Cus D'Amato who becomes trainer, father figure, and confidence builder. Tyson wins a series of championships and, for six years, is unbeatable. A failed marriage, a felony conviction, and lack of training lead to his fall. We see later losing fights and archive footage of other incidents in his life. Tyson concludes by speaking philosophically about being a father and trying to be a better person. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The man. The legend. The truth.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyson: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,046, 26 April 2009

Gross USA:

$887,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$964,920
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

James Toback, who had known Mike Tyson since Tyson was 19, financed the film with his own funds and shot thirty hours of footage in the process. See more »

Quotes

Mike Tyson: I was so scared on my first amateur fight, I wanted to, I went downstairs, I'm gonna buy... I'm going to the store in the Bronx New York, I'm going to the store to my trainer, and I went downstairs. Man I should get on this train and never come back, I wanted to get on the train and just leave I was so scared. I didn't want to fight anybody. It was just such a different dynamic fighting someone in the ring then fighting somebody on the street. I never thought I could fight somebody even after ...
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Documentories don't get any better than this
15 August 2009 | by insomniaSee all my reviews

Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction. No more so than when it comes to documentaries. Even the average documentary can be far more gripping than many a feature film. And a great documentary is a wonder to behold. Such is the case with the film "Tyson", by James Toback. Of the ten films James Toback has directed over a period of thirty-one years, only "Fingers", and "The Pick-Up Artist" have made it to DVD, at least here in Australia. The first I knew of "Tyson" was a review I had read in The New Yorker. So when I saw it was one of the films to be screened at this year's Melbourne Film Festival, I made damn sure I got a ticket. Mike Tyson, in his career as a boxer, became the youngest heavy weight champion in the world. He floored one opponent in just eight seconds! Of the fifty -eight fights he fought, he won fifty. He knocked out his opponent forty -four times, and lost just six fights, before retiring from the fight game. "Tyson" is not an objective film as such. It is 100% subjective with Tyson doing all the talking. The death of his trainer, Constantine 'Cus' D'Amato hit Tyson hard, though there is no way of telling, his public and private life seemed to go off the rails not long after, the bulk of this film is devoted to having Tyson look at the camera and tell his story the best way he can. Yes, he probably leaves out a lot (who knows how much extra footage didn't make it into the final film), but what remains is like a cinematic jolt of electricity. He doesn't pull any punches. He tells it like it is, warts and all. He comments on the 'leaches' like Don King. Then again, knowing how explosive a temper he has, he says nothing while his wife, Robin Givens, lashes out at him in front of Barbera Walters on television. He tells about growing up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, where he was bullied by neighbourhood kids, his life of petty crime, time in jail and when his luck changed on meeting Constantine 'Cus' D'Amato, who taught him all he knew about the craft of boxing, both physical and spiritual. You have to pay close attention as many of his fights are shown on a split screen, so when one image fades, another immediately takes its place. Whether you like to see two men pummel each other into submission, or wouldn't watch a boxing match to save your life, "Tyson" is a film that you really should see.


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