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

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Gene Tunney ...
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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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Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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

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$887,126 (USA) (14 August 2009)
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James Toback, who had known Mike Tyson since Tyson was 19, financed the film with his own funds and shot thirty hours of footage in the process. See more »

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Mike Tyson: My mission is to go and destroy, and not let anything get involved. You punch, you get hurt, I refused to get hurt, knocked down, or knocked out. I can't lose, I refuse to lose.
Mike Tyson: I always try to aim to the back of my opponent's head. Fantasize my punch going through them and in and out of the back of the head. It sounds like a brutal sport but it's just a technique, it's just an art. And when people hear you talk in this type of fashion they think of you as some brutal monster, but it's all ...
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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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