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


James Toback


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


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.

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

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Director James Toback wanted to get Tyson talking while he was completing rehab, as he felt Tyson would be more clear-headed and willing to speak about some of his life's darker moments. Furthermore, Toback and Tyson had the understanding that no topic would be off limits, nor would Tyson have any say over what footage made the final cut. See more »


Mike Tyson: [responding to a man in the crowd yelling "get him in a straight jacket"] Put your mother in a straight jacket, you punk ass white boy! Come here and tell me that and I'll fuck you in the ass, you punk white boy. You faggot. You can't touch me, you're not man enough. I eat your asshole alive you bitch. Fuck you you ho. Come say to my face and I fuck you for everybody. You bitch. Come on you bitch. You scared coward, you not man enough to fuck with me. You can't last two minutes in my world bitch...
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A View on Mike Tyson's Life From Tyson's Eyes
20 April 2009 | by PopcornLovesMovieSee all my reviews

An excellent narrative on Mike Tyson's life from his point of view. The narrative is all done by Mike himself. Watching this movie you feel like you're sitting in front of Mike Tyson asking him to tell you his life story.

The movie itself I believe is not scripted since it's Mike Tyson himself telling us and the way he spoke seems genuine and full of holes in logic. In short it seemed honest enough.

Seeing this documentary, you gain a good amount of perspective about Tyson's personality, his life, how he think, his problems, and the people around him. The best part for me was when he explained why he bite Holyfield's ears.

Definitely one to watch for his fans. If you're not a Tyson or boxing fan, you might get a little bored.

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15 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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