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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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Himself (archive footage)
William Nack ...
Himself - writer
Jerry Izenberg ...
Himself
Geraldine Liston ...
Herself
Raymond Munson ...
Himself - friend
Nigel Collins ...
Himself - Ring magazine
Pat Putnam ...
Himself - boxing historian
Bob Burnes ...
Himself - Liston's first manager
Johnny Tocco ...
Himself - Liston's first trainer
William Roemer ...
Himself - former FBI agent
Foneda Cox ...
Himself - Liston's sparring partner
James Reddick ...
Himself - former police detective
Hank Kaplan ...
Himself
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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Tyson Should Take Notes
11 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Whenever I watch this film, I think about how much Liston's life parallels Mike Tyson's life. Sonny Liston was probably the most intimidating fighter in the history of boxing. This film definitely shows how Liston, who started out as an illiterate thug for the mob, rose to become world champion. It also shows how he was constantly harassed by the police and how the mob had him under their control. And another aspect of the film was how it showed that Liston had very few friends, just hangers on who never really cared for his best interests, much like the people around Mike Tyson. Sonny Liston should have dominated the fight game for many years. Too bad his demons got the better of him leading to his tragic death eight years after he defeated Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title and this film really drives that point home.


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