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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 ...
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Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Carl Williams ...
Himself (archive footage)
Larry Holmes ...
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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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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 »


Mike Tyson: While I m in the dressing room five minutes before I come out, I m breaking my gloves down, I m pushing the leather to the back of my gloves, so my knuckle could pierce through. When I come out I have supreme confidence. I m scared to death. I m afraid. I m afraid of everything. I m afraid of losing. I m afraid of being humiliated. But I m confident. The closer I get to the ring the more confident I get. The closer, the more confident. The closer the more confident I get. All during training I ...
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A View on Mike Tyson's Life From Tyson's Eyes
20 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent narrative on Mike Tyson's life from his point of view. The narrative is all done by Mike himself. Watching this movie you feel like you're sitting in front of Mike Tyson asking him to tell you his life story.

The movie itself I believe is not scripted since it's Mike Tyson himself telling us and the way he spoke seems genuine and full of holes in logic. In short it seemed honest enough.

Seeing this documentary, you gain a good amount of perspective about Tyson's personality, his life, how he think, his problems, and the people around him. The best part for me was when he explained why he bite Holyfield's ears.

Definitely one to watch for his fans. If you're not a Tyson or boxing fan, you might get a little bored.

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