First Look Clip from James Toback's Tyson Documentary
The first movie I'm seeing tomorrow morning at Sundance is Tyson, a documentary about boxer Mike Tyson. It first premiered at Cannes last summer and even earned an A- rating from our correspondent Marco. I'm interested in checking it out but I wasn't fully sold until I saw this brief clip that MTV debuted today. It's getting quite a bit of buzz, but I'm still hesitant that it might be somewhat of a forgettable documentary. I'll find out in a matter of hours, but for those of you not in Park City, this is your first taste of Tyson in the documentary and a look at his softer side. I definitely suggest checking it out.
Watch the first look clip from Tyson:
"In the course of the film, Tyson moves from someone you might think you’d want to steer well clear of to a man you might actually want to meet and speak with, which is a significant accomplishment."
Tyson is both written and directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker James Toback, who wrote Bugsy and directed films like Love and Money, The Big Bang, Black and White, and Harvard Man. The documentary first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and will be playing at Sundance this year. Tyson was recently bought by Sony Pictures Classics so expect to see it in theaters sometime in 2009.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
What an odd man...I'm sure it'll be fascinating (if you can understand what he's saying).
peloquin on Jan 16, 2009
This guy has the brain equivalent of a pitbull on crack.
TX9000 on Jan 16, 2009
I get the feeling if you watch the entire documentary you'll be able to speak Tysonese very well by the end, but your ears will probably have a very awkward first 15 minutes. Doesn't look bad though.
Syphous on Jan 16, 2009
Possibly the most tragic of all modern day sports figures. Tyson is one of the most ferocious fighters ever by way of reputation. Ali had boundless talent, where Tyson would knock you out before you even stepped into the ring. Just the legend of his madness and the terribly hard right hook would buckle the knees of his opponents. When other fighters got wise to the fact that his reputations was slight bigger than his skill, it all began to unravel. Looks like an interesting film.
Zombie Chuck on Jan 16, 2009
The most tragic sports figure for sure, and easily the most devastating boxer to ever enter the ring. If he stuck with cuss kamado and a good trainer after cuss died, and didn't get caught up with Don King, no one would dispute who the greatest heavy weight is. Honestly, Tyson would of knocked Ali out pretty quickly if they both fought each other in their primes.
dc on Jan 16, 2009
Yeah, under different tutelage he may've turned out to be a more normal person. I feel bad for Iron Mike. Sure, he's a bit eccentric but most world champions are.
cre2done on Jan 16, 2009
He appeared in Black & White, in some suprising scene stealing scenes w/ members of Wu Tang Clan. I thought Black & White was surprisingly riveting. This might just turn out pretty damn good - let us know!
Jimbo Slims on Jan 16, 2009
#5, I agree so much with you! Don King just took everything this young man had worked for and turned it into nothing. Sure he got him big fights with lots of money. After King pulled his hands out of Tyson's pockets, he was left with change.
jvj590 on Jan 16, 2009
The first three comments are from idiots who most likely do not know what that man has gone through in his life. Cus D'Amato was like a father to that troubled boy and he kept him on a path to greatness, but when he died Mike had no one that was really looking out for his best interest. Yes Mike is not the smartest man in the world but he used comments like your to feed off of and make his name unforgettable. All your doing is sitting on you couch eating Milk Duds talking about his wrongs. He does not know how to express himself with words that why he did it so well with his hands
Savage on May 18, 2009
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