Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tyson (2008)

Director: James Toback. Cast: Mike Tyson. 90 min. Rated R. Documentary.

Mike Tyson? Crying? Yeah, I was surprised too to see tears swell up in his eyes, remembering his late coach. The picture we've seen of this man (the wife abuser who bit off an opponent's ear during a match) is probably of one of the meanest athletes ever. But think again. "Tyson" offers the professional boxer's human side, and makes you wonder how being mean was probably the only weapon he had to survive childhood. And Toback's cut-frame photography helps prevent this from becoming a boring, 90 minute interview. Give it a try.

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