DIRECTED BY - James Toback
Love him or hate him, Mike Tyson is inarguably one of popular cultures most fascinating figures. In this riveting documentary portrait of the controversial boxer, filmmaker and friend James Toback lets Tyson tell his own volatile story. It all started in a rough-and-tumble Brooklyn neighborhood, where Tyson was picked on and beaten up as a youngster. But when he turned his fear into anger, he realized that his fists had the ferocity to frighten everyone around him. As a teenager, Tyson moved upstate to live with trainer Cus DAmato, who became the devoted and compassionate father figure he never had. This support helped Tyson develop the strength and focus needed to become a devastating champion inside the ring. But when DAmato died, something inside Tyson died too, turning him into an even more dangerous monster outside of the ring.
RUNTIME - 90 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2009
FORMAT - DVD Region 1
ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Anamorphic
4 stars out of 5 -- "This is Mike's show. And the ex-champ shows himself no mercy...[revealing] a tortured human being still struggling to understand his own flaws."
- Jonathan Crocker, Total Film
"[P]owerful....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."
- A. O. Scott, New York Times