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

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Mills Lane ...
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Trevor Berbick ...
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Cus D'Amato ...
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William Cayton ...
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Jim Jacobs ...
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Max Schmeling ...
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Gene Tunney ...
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Rocky Marciano ...
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Larry Holmes ...
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Tyrell Biggs ...
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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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27 March 2009 (UK)  »

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$85,046 (USA) (24 April 2009)

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$887,126 (USA) (14 August 2009)
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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 »

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Mike Tyson: I was 14 and I fought in the junior Olympics, in um 1980 I believe it was, and I um broke all the records.
Mike Tyson: I'm gonna go in there and jab to the head, then heave to the body, then I'm gonna move after I hit, and punch to the body...
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Mike Tyson: ... open up like a son-of-bitch.
Mike Tyson: I won all my fights by knockout in the first round. And I broke the record with a knockout in eight seconds.
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A great Doc. from a great fighter.
15 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mike Tyson, probably the greatest heavy weight to ever walk the earth during a short span of 2 to 3 years. Why do you think all the other great heavyweights waited until he was well aged before they fought him. No other fighter ever exuded such skilled ferocity, not even Foreman.

Around the same time as Tyson's rape trial was William Kennedy's rape trial. I remember saying to a friend of mine after both trials were over that I bet William Kennedy was guilty and Tyson was not. I assume Tyson had his way with her and then discarded her and when she realized what his intentions were, she did it to save face and get back at him.

Now look, Tyson himself, says he took advantage of many woman but not her and you know, I actually believe him. Just a gut feeling I guess. Maybe I am wrong but its how I see it. Tyson was no saint by a long way and he admittedly confessed to committing many many felonies.

I actually find myself defending him for some reason.

Now that I said my points. This was an extremely intriguing documentary. From the heart and apparently truthful account of Mike Tyson. I never realized how well read Mike is. He has an excellent grasp of the English language and I only noted one or two bad English comments "That weren't intended".

He is very charismatic and intelligent. He gives very astute and detailed re-tellings of his life.

I was very much interested throughout.


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