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Tyson (1995)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, Sport | TV Movie 29 April 1995
The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the undisputed title of "Heavyweight Champion of the World", and ultimately to his conviction... See full summary »

Director:

Uli Edel

Writers:

José Torres (novel), Robert Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Cus D'Amato
Paul Winfield ... Don King
Michael Jai White ... Mike Tyson
James Sikking ... Bill Clayton
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Rory Holloway
Tony Lo Bianco ... Jim Jacobs
Clark Gregg ... Kevin Rooney
Holt McCallany ... Teddy Atlas
Kristen Wilson ... Robin Givens
Sheila Wills Sheila Wills ... Ruth Roper
Regal Hanley Regal Hanley ... Young Mike Tyson
Lilyan Chauvin ... Camille Ewald
Rebekah Johnson ... Desiree Washington
George Murdock ... Baranski
Mane Rich Andrew ... Young Rodney Tyson (as Mane Andrew)
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Storyline

The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the undisputed title of "Heavyweight Champion of the World", and ultimately to his conviction for rape. The story of his turbulent life moves quickly, never focusing for long on anything in particular. Written by Rob Hartill

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyson See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Former Boxing Referee Mills Lane has a quick cameo as himself in this movie. He was the same referee that worked the fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Hollyfield. The same fight that was made famous when Tyson bit off a portion of Hollyfield's ear during the fight. See more »

Goofs

When Cus D'Amato admonishes his live-in tenant trainees for eating his ice cream, a Nutrition Facts label is visible on the side of the box. These were used by the the U.S.D.A. and F.D.A. after 1993, but this was still in the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Tyson: I was just a kid when I first got to see Muhammad Ali. I saw the way people looked up to him, saw their smiling faces. And I said to myself 'That's what I wanna be, I wanna be champ of the world'.
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Triumph and tragedy: The life of 'Iron Mike'
31 January 2000 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

TYSON

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Sound format: Stereo

Reverent - though scrupulously fair - account of the life and times of champion boxer Mike Tyson. Given his conviction on a rape charge, the film is careful not to portray him as hero or villain, but paints a warts-and-all portrait of his rise to fame, the pressures of success, and the people who shaped his destiny for good or bad. Constrained by time limits, the script gallops through a succession of relevant details, alighting briefly on significant events, culminating with Tyson's (temporary) downfall in 1995. Novices will be enlightened by the chronology, while boxing fans will be entertained by director Uli Edel's straight-arrow approach to the material. He portrays Tyson's life as a circus in which he was ultimately led astray by the circumstances of his own success. In fact, the script reserves most of its venom for Tyson's ex-wife Robin Givens, characterising her as an ungrateful gold-digger who took advantage of his naivety. Production values are uniformly solid and the cast is superb: Michael Jai White does a fair imitation of the title character; George C. Scott plays Tyson's mentor Cus D'Amato through acres of gritted teeth; and Paul Winfield was surely born to play Don King!


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