Tyson is director James Toback’s portrait of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, told with brutal honesty.
Toback allows Tyson to expose himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a startlingly complex, fully-rounded human being emerges.
The film ranges from Tyson’s earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his rollercoaster ride in the funhouse of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost.
Tyson offers much more than a documentary about a former heavyweight champ. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial athlete, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class, and a man who arose from the most debased circumstances and soared to seemingly unlimited heights– followed by destruction generated by hubris, like a character out of classical tragedy.
The film hits theaters April 24, 2009. (Limited)
Watch the trailer below: