Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  88 min.
Release Date: May 8, 2009 (limited)
DVD: August 18, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 4.23
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Cast: Mike Tyson


Tyson is acclaimed indie director James Toback's stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a startlingly complex, fully-rounded human being emerges.

The film ranges from Tyson's earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his rollercoaster ride in the funhouse of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial international athletic icon, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class. In its depiction of a man rising from the most debased circumstances to unlimited heights, destroyed by his own hubris, Tyson emerges as a modern day version of classic Greek tragedy.

Director: James Toback
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Damon Bingham, James Toback
Screenplay: James Toback
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/tyson/

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  • 5 stars ""Amazing Movie...he is extremely honest...it takes a lot of strentgh and courage to open up to the world about everthing, inclding things he is not proud of, as well as accomplishments he will never forget. I have a new found respect for him as a person and can see where many of his choices came from...what an incredible athlete, the best! Highly Recommended..."