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Tyson (2008)

Director(s): James Toback

Theatrical Release: 2008

Cast: Mike Tyson

Genre(s): Documentary, sports, biography, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Documentary

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 90m.

Assembled from over 30 hours of interviews with the controversial heavyweight champion, director James Toback takes the helm for a feature-length documentary exploring the life and career of self-destructive pugilist Mike Tyson. From his early years under the wing of famed boxing promoter Don King to his notorious match against Evander Holyfield and his conviction on sexual assault charges, Tyson's turbulent life is explored in the kind of comprehensive manner that could only have been made possible with the subject's willing participation. (


DVD Special Features:

! Commentary with Director James Toback

! A Day With James Toback - featuring footage from the L.A. Premiere with Mike Tyson

! Iron Mike: Toback Talks Tyson

! The Big Picture Show

Member Reviews

Tyson Boxing Shadows by DocDude - August 26, 2010
Filmmaker James Toback takes a unique approach in this deeply personal illumination of Mike Tyson; the man, the athlete, the father.

Toback interviews Mr. Tyson from behind, literally, thus allowing the famed boxer to express himself to no one in particular, with only the lens in his eyeline. (see added "Features"). In doing so, the subject remains un-encumbered by the interveiwer's facial responses, allowing Mike Tyson to speak his truth without any sense of judgement present. The result is a profound exploration of a man revisiting pivotal moments in his turbulent life on his own terms.

Most revealing and touching is the boxer's memories of being bullied as a young boy - one of several times he is brought to the edge of tears as he relives his life through movies rolling in his mind.

It's often said that Mike Tyson is much smarter than one would surmise. Watching this film only amplifies this notion, exposing the inherent intelligence and insightfulness beneath the powerful punch and singular voice.

4 Duuuudes!!!! = 9 Rating
Doc Dude
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