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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?

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 »
Mike Tyson:[asked about Lennox Lewis] I've been friends with him for 15 years. You know I mean, we just like... I fly pigeons, right, this is like a good equation. These pigeons live with each other for ten or fifteen years right. But when I throw feed down, they kill each other to get it. And it's the same way with fighters. We love and respect each other, but we need, we, we, we're like mercenaries, we need that moneySee more »
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Riveting movie about a complicated man, 22 April 2009
Author: C-Younkin from United States

"Tyson" has it all. A confessional film that showcases just how crazy, funny, spiritual, fun, pained, and fascinating the troubled boxer is as a man. He grew up in Brooklyn, the product of a rough neighborhood and constant bullying. He tried to escape the humiliation he felt by stealing, which landed him in jail where he picked up boxing as a hobby. When he got out he found his first real father figure in Constantine "Cus" D'Amato, an old trainer who taught him the spiritual side of boxing and the confidence that went along with it. He studied tape of guys like Rocky Marciano, Jack Dempsey, and Muhammad Ali, and during the 80's became a force to be reckoned with. Then "Cus" died and Mike lost his way, becoming very taken with his own indestructible image and like all great tragic stories, that always guarantees a fall. First his disastrous marriage to Robin Givens made him known as a cheater and a beater, and then he got cocky and lazy and lost a big fight to Buster Douglass. Then as the cherry on top, he was accused of rape and sentenced to 3 years in jail. His career would continue to go down hill from there.

This is Tyson's side of the story, so don't expect fair and balanced, but also don't expect him to pull any punches. He takes on some tough questions here and succeeds mightily in turning the tide in his favor. With that voice and that facial tattoo your instantly hooked, but what keeps you rooted to the screen is an insightful character study as well as a sad tale of how a guy with a "me against the world" mentality managed to take himself places he never dreamed of going, but also let his pit-bull-like emotions and out of control pride get the better of his reasoning. Director James Toback does a great job adding pictures and video clips for some flavor but this is Tyson's movie and his commentary just offers highlight after highlight after highlight.

His recollection of "Cus" D'Amato is surprisingly moving. His description of his mindset as a boxer is something next to God-like arrogance, and his views on women and sex expose more of that same type of domination. The commentary on the Holyfield fight, as well as the ear biting re-match, is fascinating to listen to. His description of prison is a haunting nightmare. He describes the people around him as leaches, especially Don King who he says would "Kill his own mother for a dollar." There are too many great moments in this movie to name but expect to be consistently riveted by the controversy, adversity, vulnerability, anger, and yes even his exaggerated sense of humor too. The "I want to eat his children" comment right before the Lennox Lewis fight is just one of many priceless things this man says.

Tyson's life has taken a sad turn. The fight has gone out of him. His last fight in 2005 was held strictly so he could get some money to pay the bills. Just you feel like your watching the real Tyson now. He is much more sobered and at peace, a man whose demeanor reflects someone whose been thru hell and been humbled by it. He admits his mistakes, makes you question some of his others, but above all just makes you feel for him anyway. "Tyson" succeeds in showcasing the boxer as someone much more vulnerable than the guy you see in the ring or shouting out "faggot" during a weigh-in. There is more dimension here than I expected and that makes this one of the years biggest surprises thus far.

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