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

that makes him a coward.




When two men step into a ring,

one and only one deserves to win.

When you step in the ring,

you gotta know you deserve to win.

You gotta know destiny

owes you victory...

... because you trained harder

than your opponent.

You sparred harder. You ran farther.

You see, you got up earlier.

I know you ain't sleeping.

I know you can hear me.

Always keep your chin

tucked down into your chest.

I don't care if you're running roadwork,

or walking around school...

...or watching TV,

keep that chin tucked down...

...and your eyes looking up and out.

One word describes

Rocky Marciano:

Only 187 pounds,

but to this day...

...he remains the only

undefeated heavyweight champion.


Because he wouldn't imagine

that he could lose.

He would never even allow the concept

of defeat to enter his mind.

Don't watch gloves.

Watch the chest.

You wait for a glove to move,

you're dead.

When the chest flexes, you bob.

Joe Louis may have been

quiet on the outside...

...but on the inside,

he was pure rage.

He was a Negro in a white

man's world, and he hated it.

Up and down the street,


Staying in constant motion.

Your head ain't never again

where he last seen it.

You give him a target, and by

the time he swings, it ain't there.

And when you move, counter.

Ha! Five to the ribs, huh? Ha! Ha!

- Four-one upstairs. Got it?

- Okay.

All right, here we go.

If you don't get hit, you don't lose.

It's as simple as that.

Once you learn to stay low

and tuck behind your gloves...

...in constant motion, no one's

gonna be able to land nothing.

Lies and deceit. Subterfuge,

that's what we deal in.

Don't ever let anyone

know your real intentions.

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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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