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Tyson (2009)

Tyson

Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

April 24, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

90 min.

Studio

Sony Pictures Classics

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

James Toback

Producer

Damon Bingham, James Toback, Mike Tyson, Harlan Werner

Screenwriter

James Toback

Starring

Story


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.

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Mike Tyson in Sony Pictures Classics' Tyson (2009). Photo credit by Larry McConkey.
Mike Tyson in Sony Pictures Classics' Tyson (2009). Photo credit by Larry McConkey.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“.."Tyson" may make you as woozy as if you'd taken a punch from Iron Mike himself..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..Very humane portrait of a potentially extremely unlikeable character..”
by Damon Wise [Empire Magazine]
“..pure documentary poetry..”
by James Christopher [Times Online]