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on 14 October 2010
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A must have for anyone and a definate must have for any boxing fan, A beautifully filmed documentry which takes you inside the mind of Mike Tyson, Showing many fights and highlights of his career. You will find it an emotional rollercoaster with many ups and downs. A must have for your movie collection. I guarantee this film will make you see Tyson in a different light.

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Around 4 hours of footage from every fight of Tysons career... what more can I say BRILLIANT!!!

GENERAL RUN THROUGH OF THE FILM

The film is not a conventional movie it is a documentry showing the rise and fall of former heavy weight Mike Tyson. It starts of by telling you about his childhood and how he use to get bullied and picked on, then one day he fought back and realised he could stand up for himself. It then turns on to how he got into crime as a child and went in and out of borstals and it was there where he began to box. Later on he is introduced to boxing trainer Cus D'Amato by Irish boxer Bobby Stewart, who takes him under his wing and plays the father figure which he so desperately needed. Cus D'Amato taught him discipline and self control which led him to win every amateur title. It then goes on to show how early into Tysons professional career he sadly lost his trainer/manager Cus D'Amato and how it affected Tyson in a very bad way. He then talks about his feelings towards women and his sexual encounters. It then goes on to him winning the World Heavy Weight championship of the world. In time things start to get bad around him, he gets married then shortly divorced to Robin Givens, he became involved with Don King, then he starts getting lazy and stops training as hard (or not at all at times) and partying alot. Things then go from bad to worse when he gets accused of rape (he talks about this in great detail) and found guilty (I don't believe he did it personally). The movie then goes onto his return to boxing after his time inside which some fights included Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno and the legendary two fights against Evander Holyfield which ended with Tyson biting Holyfields ear (for good reasons as you will see watching the movie)
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on 1 August 2014
Fantastic insight into a brutal fighter. James Toback gets the best out his interviews. In his early days at his peak he was an awesome fighter, scary to watch in fact. Is Tyson the greatest heavyweight of all time ? No doubt whatsoever, in my humble opinion this DVD shows that when he was in his prime in the early days you could have put him in the ring with Ali and Marciano and he would have levelled them both ! ! Great watch. Buy it ! ! !
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on 13 October 2009
I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to watch Tyson I thought it might be patched together documentary in order to squeeze a few bucks from a fantastic boxer whose career is over. Boy was I surprised! First of all nothing seems to be off limits and Tyson talks about his childhood from his life in the ghetto and means streets to his life changing relationship with trainer and father figure/mentor Cus d'amato. Cus d'amato moulded the young Tyson and he obviously saw in him an incredible talent unfortunately he did not live long enough to save Tyson from some of the hanger-ons and parasites that syphoned off his money.

There is a great selection of clips from the touching scenes at d'amato's funeral to making his junior olympic appearance and gaining the fastest ko in 8 secs. Tyson at his peak was certainly the most intimidating boxer ever with incredible power shots and formidable close up work. The Tyson journey also fascinatingly gazes at the problems he had from his troubled marriage with Robin Givens, his rape trial and imprisonment. Then there is the successful comeback from prison and conversion to Islam.

Tyson was certainly a legend of the ring and he seems at peace with himself.Legend.
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on 3 March 2014
This film skims over alot of Tysons early boxing days and his career itself. It mainly focuses on his bad marriage and the rape allegation. If you are looking for a film about the boxing side of Tysons career i would say this was not for you. If however you love all of the scandal and how a person battles with their internal demons down the path of self destruction then this is probably for you.
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on 28 April 2009
This is sensational. Great for any boxing fans or those interested in the workings the workings of someone like Mikes mind.
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on 19 April 2009
This is a remarkable docu-film about mike tyson.
I watched tyson from the start of his career and it was clear then that he was going to be something special.
The film itself goes from when tyson was a boy involved in crime to when he was plucked from the streets by cus d'mato and put on the road to stardom.
When he becomes the youngest ever heavyweight champion of the world it seems that nothing can stop him from being at the top of his game for a long time.But tyson was at the centre of his own downfall.In the film he admits to this.He admits that he screwed his life up with drink,drugs and women.Hangers on blew his fortune for him rumoured to be $400m.At this point he lost it in the ring as well, losing to no hoper buster douglas.And that was the begining of the end for tyson.Although he regained his world titles,his career and life were on an unstoppable downward spiral.From rape convictions to other run in's with the law to failed marriages to antics in the ring like biting off evander holyfield's ear.
The film covers all of this and in some cases skates over one or two of these subjects (rape conviction springs to mind) Which tyson continues to deny.
In the film tyson is interviewed as he is now.He comes accross as quite humble and remorsfull for his errors.The film made me uncomfortable at times especially the way tyson talks about women.While he continues to deny his conviction it is obvious that tyson sees females as objects provided for his pleasure.
Do i feel sorry for this beat up ex champion? No, he probably still has a few quid stashed away somewhere.
Do i believe tysons versions of contraversial events? Well some not others.
Was tyson the greatest boxer in history? Who knows but my guess is no.
Tyson was though a legend.
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on 19 July 2014
I highly recommend this film , most people associate this world heavy weight boxing champ, as a violent evil minded low class boxer , simply watch the film and see the true person inside that body, in his early years he was the worlds no one , boxers were frightened of him , what a punch,
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on 18 April 2013
... After watching it, I kinda believe he raped that bird now. The man filming the documentary ain't done him no favours! just made him look like a wrong'un. There's one weird scene with him just sat there licking his lips talking about how he likes to please women... Whats that all about!
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.....for a 5 star boxing DVD. If I could have given this 4.5 stars I would have done. This is Mike Tyson's story in his words and details how a rough upbringing produced a champion but also a damaged person. Tyson's story is compelling and I think he comes across sympathetically if that is possible. He is candid on issues many celebrities and sports stars would shy away from - including women that affected his life. The shortcomings of the DVD are basically a lack of boxing action as alluded to by another reviewer. Tyson is ranked 13 in the Boxing Rec all time heavyweights. Back in the 80's he had the potential to be in the top 5 or 10 heavyweights of all time and most people then would have expected him to reign well into the mid 1990's. The reasons for the unfulfilled potential are the core themes of this excellent film.
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on 15 September 2009
If you're like me, a huge boxing fan, and grew up watching the meteoric and phenomenal rise of the gladiator known as Tyson, then this is a must see. Tysons name is known worldwide. Whatever your opinion of him, he remains to be one of the most prolific boxers of all time. This movie however, is a frank and open insight into Tyson, the man. His feelings, emotions and attitudes are all explored here in this honest and frank documentary about his rise and unfortunate fall from the top. Many have criticised the fact that the film concentrates on his "dialogue" rather than a review of his career. In my opinion there are many films, documentaries an one off items on TV that already do this. This concentrates on him.A definite must see....
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