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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mills Lane ...
Himself (archive footage)
Trevor Berbick ...
Himself (archive footage)
Cus D'Amato ...
Himself (archive footage)
William Cayton ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jim Jacobs ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Max Schmeling ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Gene Tunney ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Carl Williams ...
Himself (archive footage)
Larry Holmes ...
Himself (archive footage)
Tyrell Biggs ...
Himself (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 <>

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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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Release Date:

15 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tyson: The Movie  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$887,126 (USA) (14 August 2009)

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Did You Know?


"Tyson" received only one distribution offer during its run on the festival circuit, from Sony Classics Pictures. After Toback accepted the offer, the film screened at the Cannes Film Festival and received a 10 minute standing ovation. Many of the executives who initially passed on the film were at that screening. See more »


Mike Tyson: To me he's my boy, he's with me. I often say to him, "you know I owe you a lot", he doesn't know what I mean but I'll tell him now what I mean. If he weren't here I probably wouldn't be alive today. The fact that he is here and doing what he's doing and doing as well as he's doing, improving as he has, gives me the motivation and interest to stay alive. Because I believe a person dies when they no longer want to live, but I have a reason with Mike here, and he gives me the motivation and I will...
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.61 (2009) See more »


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Iron Mike - for real.
16 January 2009 | by (United States) – See 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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