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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.

Director:

James Toback

Writer:

James Toback
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In an April 2009 Q&A at a Century City, CA screening for the film, director James Toback recalled Tyson's reaction at the first screening. Tyson initially sat in silence for several minutes, then remarked: "it's like a Greek tragedy, only I'm the subject". See more »

Quotes

Mike Tyson: There's nothing like fighting when you're young and you're happy. There's nothing more dealy or more proficient then a happy fighter. Everybody believes the mean, and the serly fighter, is the tough fighter but that's not true. The guy who's most relax and loves what he does, and is happy to be in there doing what he does.
Mike Tyson: I was never a big heavy weight, when I was in my prime I never weighed over 217, 219, but me and my trainer Customato we always put a great deal of emphasis on our speed and ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.94 (2012) See more »

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Legendary
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Iron Mike - for real.
16 January 2009 | by PureedMonkeyBrainsSee all my reviews

What a great documentary. For anyone who likes boxing, this is a must-see. You hear Mike talking, almost non-stop, throughout giving numerous details about his personal life. The techniques used to present the film were terrific, though it does require you to pay attention; at several points, Toback runs multiple moving split-screens - it's an interesting device as you are forced to "follow" the dialog as one screen box goes quiet as another picks up where it left off.

The fight footage is incredible. I felt like I was watching all this footage again for the first time.

Throughout, the viewer is given access to a side of Tyson I doubt any but his closest friends and associates have ever witnessed. At many points he chokes up, fighting back tears - it's an amazing thing to watch.

And there's a lot of laughs. I won't reveal them, but there is some really funny stuff.


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