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
The man. The legend. The truth.
27 March 2009 (UK)
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Director James Toback
wanted to get Tyson talking while he was completing rehab, as he felt Tyson would be more clear-headed and willing to speak about some of his life's darker moments. Furthermore, Toback and Tyson had the understanding that no topic would be off limits, nor would Tyson have any say over what footage made the final cut. See more
I was 14 and I fought in the junior Olympics, in um 1980 I believe it was, and I um broke all the records.
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...
[what are you going to do when you get inside
... open up like a son-of-bitch.
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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