Tyson

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2008

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Director:
James Toback
Released:
2008
Rating:
R

Tyson is a frank, unflinching look at the life and times of boxer Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champion of the world. Told exclusively from the perspective of the legend himself, Tyson offers a fascinating look at one of sport's most controversial, yet beloved figures. Mike Tyson speaks frankly of his life, and the scandals that have overshadowed his illustrious accomplishments in the ring. Achieving a perfect level of intimacy and honesty, Tyson delivers a powerful film that exposes the man behind the legend, shattering myths and preconceived notions in its path. Pulling no punches, director James Toback delves into the dark side of Mike Tyson, getting the star to open up about the most troubling times in his life. Almost painful to watch at times, Tyson exposes the boxer's anger, frailties and imperfections, and yet manages to make him seem more human than ever before. The multi-camera action shots and exclusive behind the scenes footage from some of the most important fights in the history of the sport will thrill fans as much as the rare honesty from Mike Tyson.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mr. Toback's film, partly because it restricts itself to Mr. Tyson's point of view, offers a rare and vivid study in the complexity of a single suffering, raging soul. It is not an...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The result is as gripping as a title fight and as mesmerizing as a conversation with a cobra. You may not be happy with everything said, but you will not be bored.

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    By getting Tyson to open up as he has, Toback has succeeded in illuminating one of the most polarizing, complex and -- the film almost forces one to admit -- misunderstood figures ...

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