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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Mike Tyson.
Directors
James Toback.
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Running Time
90 minutes

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Tyson
Iron Mike melts a little


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Plot
Documentary/confessional of Mike Tyson, World Heavyweight champion.


Review
Tyson

Mike Tyson is not a lot of things to a lot of people, he is simply one: a thug-turned-world heavyweight champ who made headlines for his brute force in the ring and the rape and abuse charges that dogged him outside it. It’s testament to James Toback’s documentary, then, that in 90 minutes it transforms him from monster to human being, albeit flawed and wracked with demons.

 
Using just to-camera interviews and a few telling clips, Tyson is more like a confessional than a character study, from which Iron Mike emerges as a troubled and misunderstood poet. Nothing says this better than the images of him looking out across the sea while quoting, in voiceover, Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad Of Reading Gaol.


Verdict
Very humane portrait of a potentially extremely unlikeable character.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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I always liked Tyson as a boxer. His pace and power not only made you fear him but respect him. Then he began his spiral downwards. Became a world renowned arsehole (that's asshole for any Americans) and somehow watching this, it took me back to how I felt about the boxer and sorry for Mike Tyson. A must watch for someone who brought as much attention, if not more to the boxing world as Ali. Not for anyone not interested in violence, sports or anything fun. Four out of five ... More

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Posted by mymatebone at 15:34, 08 May 2010 | Report This Post


My Favourite Documentary Ever

It is so magnetic the way he talks, completely uncensored. And realise he is better spoken than the average joe on the street :p We discover his childhood and how his childhood was robbed and then saved. We remember how precociously talented the man was. When he gets into tears hearts will brake, along with the clips of his last fights when he tells the world he is fighting to pay his bills. Mike Tyson has inspired me to stay off drugs. Because if he was strong enough to pull himself u... More

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Posted by monkeyhumour at 14:37, 30 January 2010 | Report This Post


all da rock movies come first den it wouldbe tysons movie ... More

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Posted by TheBloodGod09 at 10:56, 03 December 2009 | Report This Post


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James Toback gives us a more human potrait of a man who in his prime was hated by nearly everyone in boxing.   Once you get used to Tysons Voice you get to see a side of the man which will change you point of view 8.5/10 ... More

Posted by filmburner30 at 14:14, 24 April 2009 | Report This Post


Excellent documentary of the fall from grace of one of sports most complete athletes. A completely misunderstood man; this doco reveals the demons and the pain behind the ferocious performances inside the ring. Worth seeing alone for the archive footage of the Buster Douglas upset and Tyson's candid commentary of how he didn't take the fight seriously. You may still hate Iron Mike after this, but at least you will understand him more. ... More

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