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Director:
Writer:
James Toback (writer)
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Release Date:
27 March 2009 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The man. The legend. The truth.
Plot:
A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the best documentaries in recent years! See more (56 total) »

Cast

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

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Mike Tyson:I was 14 and I fought in the junior Olympics, in um 1980 I believe it was, and I um broke all the records.
Mike Tyson: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]
Mike Tyson:... open up like a son-of-bitch.
Mike Tyson: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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Soundtrack:
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38 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
One of the best documentaries in recent years!, 10 April 2009
Author: jimbob12404 from Accord, NY

I was fortunate (?) to have been in the Catskill (later Cus D'Amato) Boxing club with Mike in the early to mid 80's and as such got to see him just as he was starting to get the acclaim that would later get ridiculous. I remember that he was still like a little kid in a lot of ways---pushing his friend's motorcycle on Main Street in Catskill for him to pop start it, walking around with a NY paper's cartoon showing a drawing of him holding the world in his hands, and exclaiming to anyone who would listen "This is so fly!" And much more. He was happy, healthy, and on a course for greatness. Then Cus died, and after an incredible series of fights that left him with all the belts, Mike threw it all away. He doesn't shy away from telling the world how foolish he was, and it is heartbreaking to see him on the verge of tears as he seems to relive it in his memory. Director Toback does a brilliant job in letting his subject do all the talking, and it is riveting. One star off for not making it clearer why he let Don King take over and basically destroy his career. While he does acknowledge the piece of crap that King is, he needed to go a little further, since King was sort of the anti-Cus, if you will. I know Mike knew that he was always welcome to come back to Catskill, where Cus's knowledge is still being imparted even today.

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