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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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$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 »


Mike Tyson: I was being either for brute strength or intimidation, most guys were pretty much intimidated, they lost the fight before they ever got hit. Most guys. I knew the art of skulduggery, beat these guys psychologically before I ever got in the ring with them.
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Wrong film?
18 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think the person above has watched/reviewed the wrong film.

I've just got back from seeing this and it's purely a documentary featuring an interview with Tyson himself - no-one else, no actors.

I say 'interview' but you don't actually hear any questions asked - this is just Mike talking about his life/career almost as a monologue.

I thought it was a fantastic effort at just letting the user take from the picture what they want - there is no attempt to create a bias for or against Tyson in any way.

I never liked Tyson as a fighter/person but I realise having watched this that the person we saw tear up the heavyweight division in the 90s was a long way from the man himself. He now comes across as a humble man - though with few regrets.

The interspersing of his fights with his dialogue is superbly done - credit to the the direction of James Toback.

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