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
460 Views


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 sh*t 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*** 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!

Sh*t. Sh*t!

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 sh*t.

- 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***ing A he can hit. A goddamn kid

hitting like Joe Frazier.

He's faster than sh*t.

CUS:

Take it easy a second.

- What's your name, son?

TYSON:
Mike.

Mike what?

TYSON:

Mike Tyson.

Mike Tyson.

Well, go ahead.

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.

[BOTH GRUNTING]

TYSON:

Come on, come on.

[HORN HONKING]

[TYRES SCREECH]

MAN:

Jerk!

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.

MAN:
Hey, Cus.

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.

CAMILLE:

Hmph.

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.

TYSON:
Is Camille your wife?

- Not exactly. It's her house.

I don't think she wants me here.

CUS:
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

that makes him a coward.

[DOOR CLOSES]

[ALARM CLOCK RINGING]

Sh*t.

CUS:
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.

CUS:
One word describes

Rocky Marciano:
Tenacity.

Only 187 pounds,

but to this day...

...he remains the only

undefeated heavyweight champion.

How?

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.

CUS:
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,

CUS:

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

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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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