Tyson

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.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
83
Rotten Tomatoes:
85%
R
Year:
2008
90 min
$825,450
Website
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TYSON:
I was just a kid when

I first got to see Muhammad Ali.

I saw the way

people looked up to him...

... saw their smiling faces...

... and I said to myself,

"That's what I wanna be.

I wanna be champ of the world. "

HAIRLIP:

Wait up, Mikey.

[SIREN WAILING IN THE DISTANCE]

- Just give it...

- Shh!

Freeze.

- Don't shit in your drawers.

HAIRLIP:
It's just Dog.

Damn, man.

What took you so long?

Hey.

There they are.

Go in there and do it.

TITO:

Do it, man.

F*ck them up, Mikey.

Showtime.

BO Y 1:
All right, now this is me and you.

One on one.

Now, clear it out.

Clear it out, clear it out.

Clear it out.

I'm taking it to the hole.

BO Y 2:
All right man, go, go.

BO Y 1:
Move over. Move over.

All right.

BO Y 2:

Move right around.

BO Y 3:

You got it.

- Yeah.

BO Y 2:
Watch him.

BO Y 1:
Watch out! Watch out!

BO Y 3:
Hey, get him!

BO Y 2:

Go! Go!

- Let's split!

BO Y 3:
Come on, man!

Shit. Shit!

Hurry up, Tito! Come on!

[BO YS SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY]

WOMAN:

Somebody call the police!

[MAN AND WOMAN SPEAKING

INDISTINCTLY ON TV]

TYSON:

Rodney, is Mom home?

MAN [ON TV]:

And my grey slacks.

WOMAN:
Go to the cleaners.

MAN:
Yes.

WOMAN:
Why not let me take care

of these chores...

... just as I have been for

the past 20 years?

MAN:
Has it been that long?

WOMAN:
Yes.

You two are going to be late.

MAN:

We're hurrying, we're hurrying. Goodbye.

WOMAN:

Goodbye, dear.

- Bye, Mom.

- Bye, sweetie.

Oh! Come home early.

I'm planning a surprise for tonight.

TYSON:
Denise, is Mom home?

- Does it look like it?

JUDGE 1:
Michael Gerald Tyson, you have

been found guilty of aggravated assault.

JUDGE 2:

Public intoxication, vagrancy.

JUDGE 3:

Guilty. Assault and battery.

JUDGE 4:
Possession of

a deadly weapon. Grand theft.

JUDGE 2:
Two counts of burglary.

JUDGE 3:
Aggravated robbery.

JUDGE 4:
Guilty as charged.

JUDGE 1:
Receipt of stolen goods.

JUDGE 2:
You have been found guilty...

JUDGE 4:
Resisting arrest.

...of strong-armed robbery.

JUDGE 3:
Michael Tyson.

JUDGE 1:

Assault with a deadly weapon.

JUDGE 3:
You will be incarcerated at

the Tryon School for Boys...

... in Johnstown, upstate New York.

[GAVEL POUNDS]

ROONEY:

What's this kid's name?

ATLAS:
How should I know?

ROONEY:
You talked to Bobby.

ATLAS:

He said he had a kid we should look at.

CUS:

Not Bobby Stewart.

ATLAS:
Yeah, from the Tryon

detention facility.

CUS:
Great. That's all we need,

another juvenile delinquent.

ROONEY:

What did this kid do?

What didn't he do? Arrested something

like 40 times before he turned 12.

Forty times? Jeez!

Even Al Capone

wasn't arrested no 40 times.

- Uh-oh. Sounds like a baddie.

ATLAS:
No shit.

- Don't he got a mother?

- Of course he's got a mother.

There comes a point even

a mother's gotta toss in the towel.

Bobby don't expect me to take this kid

into my home, does he?

Look, Bobby don't expect nothing.

All he said was take a look at him.

You all right, Cus?

Yeah, fine. Go ahead, go ahead.

I'll catch up with you.

ATLAS:

Come on, Kevin.

[BOXERS GRUNTING]

- That him?

BARANSKl:
Five-nine, 180 pounds.

That's him.

[BOTH GRUNTING]

CUS:

Strong.

ROONEY:
Yeah, I was expecting

some scrawny little punk.

Jesus, what have you been

feeding them kids, Bobby?

The usual,

steroids and Cocoa Puffs.

[CHUCKLES]

Not much for style, but Jesus,

he can hit.

F*cking A he can hit. A goddamn kid

hitting like Joe Frazier.

He's faster than shit.

CUS:

Take it easy a second.

- What's your name, son?

TYSON:
Mike.

Mike what?

TYSON:

Mike Tyson.

Mike Tyson.

Well, go ahead.

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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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