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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 ...
Himself (archive footage)
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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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To gage what effect "Tyson" would have on audiences, James Toback asked the opinions of the film's opposite demographic: older white women who were disinterested in boxing. He asked that they come to his editing suite and watch the film. If they left after 5 minutes, Toback would give them $100 USD. If they stayed after 5 minutes, they would have to stay for the whole picture - and give Toback extensive feedback on the film. According to Toback, not one woman left after 5 minutes, and many were in tears by the film's finale. See more »

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Mike Tyson: Cus would watched me for like, he didn't let me box he would just talk to me for two or three weeks about fighting and then the psychology of fighting, and what fighting was truely about. Fighting was nothing physical, it was all spiritual and he would say if you don't have the spiritual, spiritual warrior in you then you'll never be a good fighter, I don't care how big and strong you are. He explained that to me.
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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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