Tyson Poster

Release Date: April 24th, 2009

DVD Release Date: August 18th, 2009

R|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson reflects on his tumultuous life both in and out of the ring. Filmmaker James Toback offers up a complex portrait of the man, as the two discuss Tyson's time in juvenile detention, his relationship with mentor Cus D'Amato, his boxing career, and the rape charge that landed him in prison.

Director: James Toback

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Wild Bunch, Defiance Entertainment

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Fall, 1990s, 1980s, Engaging, 2000s, Growing up, Prison, Rise, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A documentary with no pretense of objectivity. Here is Mike Tyson's story in his own words, and it is surprisingly persuasive. show more

  • It's a sympathetic portrait of a complex man driven by an anger that still bubbles beneath the surface. show more

  • What's so affecting about him in the film, though, is that he doesn't seem monstrous at all. To the contrary, Iron Mike, having meted out epic suffering in the ring and other venues, seems to be a man who has suffered genuinely, even terribly, in the course of a life that he never believed would last 40 years. show more

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