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Tyson (2008)

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A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

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James Toback

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James Toback
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mills Lane ... Self (archive footage)
Mike Tyson ... Self
Trevor Berbick Trevor Berbick ... Self (archive footage)
Cus D'Amato Cus D'Amato ... Self (archive footage)
William Cayton William Cayton ... Self (archive footage)
Jim Jacobs Jim Jacobs ... Self (archive footage)
Joe Louis ... Self (archive footage)
Max Schmeling ... Self (archive footage)
Jack Dempsey ... Self (archive footage)
Gene Tunney ... Self (archive footage)
Rocky Marciano ... Self (archive footage)
Muhammad Ali ... Self (archive footage)
Carl Williams Carl Williams ... Self (archive footage)
Larry Holmes ... Self (archive footage)
Tyrell Biggs Tyrell Biggs ... Self (archive footage)
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Storyline

Mike Tyson narrates his life story as a reaction to fear and as a resolution not to be bullied or humiliated as he was when a boy in Brooklyn's mean streets. He starts boxing while at a state detention center; his coach there sends him to Cus D'Amato who becomes trainer, father figure, and confidence builder. Tyson wins a series of championships and, for six years, is unbeatable. A failed marriage, a felony conviction, and lack of training lead to his fall. We see later losing fights and archive footage of other incidents in his life. Tyson concludes by speaking philosophically about being a father and trying to be a better person. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The man. The legend. The truth.


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Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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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: One day he
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Mike Tyson: said "listen you have the chance to change your life, your family's life, you can be very special. Don't you want to be champion? You can be champion of the world". I didn't pay no attention. He said really, "You could be champion of the world. You could devestate the world. No man can take what you did, you got to believe it". I looked at this guy and then I started thinking, I said, this guy is really crazy, that's what I said, this guy is really crazy. "You do what I tell you ...
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A View on Mike Tyson's Life From Tyson's Eyes
20 April 2009 | by PopcornLovesMovieSee all my reviews

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyson: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,046, 26 April 2009

Gross USA:

$887,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$964,920
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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