On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson, the WBC heavyweight champion, attempted to take Bruce Seldon's WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson's ... See full summary »
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On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson, the WBC heavyweight champion, attempted to take Bruce Seldon's WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson's fights had become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, where the ever present hype of the professional boxing scene would come face to face with the worlds of big business, Hollywood, and hip hop. Sitting ringside was controversial rapper Tupac Shakur. Shakur and Tyson were friends, a feeling of kinship linked them as each rose to stardom from poverty only to be thrown in prison. Following Tyson's victory, Shakur and "Iron Mike" were to celebrate at an after party, but the rap star never arrived. Shakur was brutally gunned down later that night, and the scene in Las Vegas quickly turned from would-be celebratory revelry to ill fated and inopportune tragedy. Director Reggie Bythewood, with the full cooperation of Mike Tyson, will tell not only the story of that infamous night but of the remarkable ... Written by ESPN Films

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"An unprecedented documentary series featuring thirty films from SOME of today's finest storytellers."
5 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I will be brief. The director of "Biker Boyz" should hardly be considered a fine storyteller. Anyone that blends spoken word poetry,comic book imagery, and decent, but repetitive, interviews is probably not the best storyteller out there. I felt this one could have been so much more than it was. Tupac and Tyson were unique in the way they are identified with the 1990s, but that's about it. Tupac happened to be in Vegas because he recorded Tyson's coming out music. Other than this, the connections end.

Avoid this one, watch a couple of others including "Larry and Muhammad", "Pony Excess", and "Without Bias".


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