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Tyson -- The most ferocious boxer to ever step inside the ring, Mike Tyson was at age 20 the youngest heavyweight champion in history. But within a few short years, the baddest man on the planet was himself on the ropes, the victim of his own rage and fear. Told exclusively through the compelling words and commentary of Iron Mike himself, TYSON is a powerfully frank and provocative look at one of the mo..
Tyson -- A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.
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The man. The legend. The truth.
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  (in credits order)
Mills Lane ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Tyson ... Himself
Trevor Berbick ... Himself (archive footage)
Cus D'Amato ... Himself (archive footage)
William Cayton ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Jacobs ... Himself (archive footage)

Joe Louis ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Schmeling ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Dempsey ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Tunney ... Himself (archive footage)

Rocky Marciano ... Himself (archive footage)

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Williams ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Holmes ... Himself (archive footage)
Tyrell Biggs ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Tubbs ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Tillman ... Himself (archive footage)
Jose Nino Ribalta ... Himself (archive footage)
Razor Ruddock ... Himself (archive footage)
Alex Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)
Pinklon Thomas ... Himself (archive footage)

Robin Givens ... Herself (archive footage)

Don King ... Himself (archive footage)
James 'Buster' Douglas ... Himself (archive footage)
Desiree Washington ... Herself (archive footage)
Tim Horty ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Bruno ... Himself (archive footage)
Bruce Seldon ... Himself (archive footage)
Elias Ghanem ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Elias Ghanem)

Evander Holyfield ... Himself (archive footage)

Lennox Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
Rayna Tyson ... Herself (archive footage)
Monica Turner ... Herself
Amir Tyson ... Himself (archive footage)
Kevin McBride ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Cappuccino ... Himself (archive footage)

Joe Cortez ... Himself - Referee (archive footage)
Ed Cotton ... Himself - Referee (archive footage)
Don Cozad ... Himself (archive footage)
Charlie Daggert ... Himself
Harry Kessler ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Mercante ... Himself (archive footage)
Randy Neumann ... Himself - Referee (archive footage)
Carlos Padilla Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Albert ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Teddy Atlas ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bobby Czyz ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
Angelo Dundee ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Foreman ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
Jim Gray ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jimmy Lennon Jr. ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sonny Liston ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Larry Merchant ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ferdie Pacheco ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
Kevin Rooney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
José Torres ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jersey Joe Walcott ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barbara Walters ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cleveland Williams ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
James Toback 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Toback  writer

Produced by
Carmelo Anthony .... executive producer
Damon Bingham .... producer
Warren Farnes .... co-producer
Vinz Feller .... associate producer: second unit
David Haines .... executive producer
Henry Jarecki .... executive producer
Nicholas Jarecki .... executive producer
Nas .... co-producer
Bill Newcomb .... co-producer
Salaam Remi .... co-producer
Mark Scheinbaum .... post producer
James Toback .... producer
Mike Tyson .... executive producer
Harlan Werner .... executive producer
Bob Yari .... executive producer
Original Music by
Salaam Remi 
Cinematography by
Larry McConkey 
Film Editing by
Aaron Yanes 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Givens .... makeup artist
Production Management
Vinz Feller .... production manager: second unit
Bill Newcomb .... post-production supervisor
James Uribe .... production manager
Sound Department
Joel Dougherty .... assistant sound editor
David Gekler .... sound recordist
Skip Lievsay .... re-recording mixer
David Marcus .... director of sound services
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Brad North .... re-recording mixer
Brad North .... sound effects editor
Brad North .... sound re-recording mixer
Byron Wilson .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Huston Beaumont .... best boy grip
Steven Foff .... key grip
Steven G. Fracol .... camera operator: "b" camera/Steadicam operator
Matt Guiza .... second assistant camera
Gene Hara .... best boy electric
Juan Morse .... gaffer
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... Steadicam assistant
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... digital imaging technician
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Bennie Zura .... best boy electric (as Ben Zura)
Editorial Department
Nathan Adams .... post-production assistant
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Aaron Cullen .... technical support
Joe Faissal .... DI colorist
Lowell Kay .... technical consultant: post-production
Other crew
Chris Cliadakis .... archive researcher
Jennie Cooks .... caterer
Aaron Cullen .... technical support
Hall David .... technical support
Ryan Gaul .... production assistant
Nicole Goode .... photos
Lori Grinker .... photos
Marc Hammel .... technician
Gregory Jordan .... technical support
Brian R. Keathley .... production executive
Clare Kramer .... production executive
Paolo Lima .... production assistant
Michael Marton .... archive footage
Tracey Morris .... photos
Luke Munson .... research assistant
Andrea Oliveira .... craft service
Creed Poulson .... assistant: Damon Bingham
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services
Jeff Sanders .... financial counsel
Monica Turner .... photos
Alex Villareal .... production assistant
Jordan Woods .... technical support
Lonnie Ali .... thanks
Muhammad Ali .... thanks
Henri Behar .... special thanks
Linda Benjamin .... thanks
Jeff Berg .... special thanks
Craig Berkey .... thanks
Carolyn Bingham .... thanks
Howard Bingham .... thanks
Kristi Bingham .... thanks
David Blasband .... special thanks
Joseph Bongiorno .... special thanks
Matthew Fisher .... thanks
Darryl Francis .... thanks
Lori Grinker .... thanks
Mark Halloran .... special thanks
Stephanie Kempf .... special thanks
Barbara Kopple .... special thanks
Michael Marton .... thanks
Brett Ratner .... special thanks
L.A. Reid .... thanks (as Antonio 'LA' Reid)
Pierre Rissient .... special thanks
Jay Rizick .... thanks
Scott Rudin .... special thanks
Matthew Seltzer .... thanks
Cynthia Swartz .... special thanks
Andrei James Toback .... special thanks
Monica Turner .... thanks
Amir Tyson .... special thanks
Exodus Tyson .... special thanks
Gena Tyson .... special thanks
Miguel Tyson .... special thanks
Mikey Tyson .... special thanks
Rayna Tyson .... special thanks
Alani Vazquez .... thanks (as Alani 'Lala' Vazquez)

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Rated R for language including sexual references
USA:90 min | France:90 min
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Did You Know?

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:What I want in a woman is protection. Loyalty. Companionship. Loyalty, friendship, companionship, ferociousness. I want her to protect me, and have my back to the bitter end. If I have a fight, I want her to jump in. Even if I'm winning; even if she's ninety pounds...See more »
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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A View on Mike Tyson's Life From Tyson's Eyes, 20 April 2009
Author: PopcornLovesMovie from United States

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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