TYSON

(2008)

Esquire (UK) - - Esquire Sport 2017 - Di­rected by James Toback

There’s only one talk­ing head punc­tu­at­ing clips in this film. It has a Maori warrior-like tat­too on its left side and the words com­ing from the mouth are mea­sured and softly spo­ken. It is, of course, Mike Tyson, giv­ing thought­ful and honest com­ment on his rise to, ten­ure as, and fall from heavy­weight cham­pion of the world. Toback does a grand job of min­ing ar­chives for news and fight footage. See­ing Tyson in ac­tion can still raise a gasp, thanks to his un­sur­passed power, speed and skill. Toback had been friends with Iron Mike for 20 years when they made this, so he can ask about Tyson’s rape con­vic­tion or “colour­ful” ex-man­ager Don King.

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