Synopsis: Mike Tyson narrates his life story as a reaction to fear and as a resolution not to be bullied or humiliated as he was when a boy in Brooklyn's mean streets. He starts boxing while at a state detention center; his coach there sends him to Cus D'Amato who becomes trainer, father figure, and confidence builder. Tyson wins a series of championships and, for six years, is unbeatable. A failed marriage, a felony conviction, and lack of training lead to his fall. We see later losing fights and archive footage of other incidents in his life. Tyson concludes by speaking philosophically about being a father and trying to be a better person.
Director(s): James Toback
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Do what you're doing.

- So, what do you think?

- What do I think?

I think he hits with bad intentions,

that's what I think.



Come on, come on.





There you go.

This is our side over here.

Now, back to what I was saying.

Oh, yeah. Don't worry about

being scared and going into a fight.

It's when you ain't scared,

that's the time to worry.

Fear is the friend of every good

and reasonable athlete. Slow up.

Yeah, you see that house over there?

That's your new home, Mike.

Hey, Cus.

Make a right here. A right!

Careful. Now, here we are.

Come on in.

Make yourself at home. Camille!

I want you to meet this woman.

Come here.

Say hello to Mike. Mike's a fighter.

Come on.

Mike, this is Camille Ewald.

- Say, "Pleased to meet you."

- Pleased to meet you, ma'am.



It's all right.

Now, don't get sore.

I know it's another mouth to feed...

...but we could use that extra

Come on, I'll show you to your room.

Is Camille your wife?

- Not exactly. It's her house.

I don't think she wants me here.

What, that?

Aw, she's just a little shy, that's all.

Will you look at this? I tell you,

if I catch the bum who did this...

...he's gonna be a couple teeth

short of a smile, believe me.

See, I got a half a dozen fighters

staying here.

It's important that

everybody be neat.

Now, this will be your room here.

We gotta get you an alarm clock.

Who ate my ice cream?

Don't you ever let me catch you

eating my ice cream! Not never!

What's the difference

between a hero and a coward?

There ain't no difference.

Inside, they're both exactly alike.

Both scared of dying or getting hurt.

But it's what the hero does

that makes him a hero.

It's what the other guy doesn't do

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James Toback

James Toback (born November 23, 1944) is an American screenwriter and film director. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1991 for Bugsy. He has directed films including The Pick-up Artist, Two Girls and a Guy and Black and White. On October 22, 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women have accused Toback of sexual harassment or assault. Since the article was published, 357 additional women contacted Los Angeles Times and said that Toback had sexually harassed them. The accounts stretch over a 40-year period. Toback has denied all the allegations. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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