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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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15 May 2009 (USA) See more »
The man. The legend. The truth.
A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
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?

Director James Toback wanted to get Tyson talking while he was completing rehab, as he felt Tyson would be more clear-headed and willing to speak about some of his life's darker moments. Furthermore, Toback and Tyson had the understanding that no topic would be off limits, nor would Tyson have any say over what footage made the final cut.See more »
Mike Tyson:You feel like you're dead, because when you are in prison, that's the closest thing to death. You stay there so long, you become so use to being by yourself, that, that you're use to talking to yourself, that you become your own best friend, and best company.See more »
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57 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Iron Mike - for real., 16 January 2009
Author: (PureedMonkeyBrains) from United States

What a great documentary. For anyone who likes boxing, this is a must-see. You hear Mike talking, almost non-stop, throughout giving numerous details about his personal life. The techniques used to present the film were terrific, though it does require you to pay attention; at several points, Toback runs multiple moving split-screens - it's an interesting device as you are forced to "follow" the dialog as one screen box goes quiet as another picks up where it left off.

The fight footage is incredible. I felt like I was watching all this footage again for the first time.

Throughout, the viewer is given access to a side of Tyson I doubt any but his closest friends and associates have ever witnessed. At many points he chokes up, fighting back tears - it's an amazing thing to watch.

And there's a lot of laughs. I won't reveal them, but there is some really funny stuff.

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