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by Tony Medley
Runtime 88 minutes.
So what do you know about Mike Tyson? What
thoughts come into your mind when you hear the name? Thug? Heavyweight
Champion of the world? Rapist?
Whatever you thought of him, this film
presents his story with all his warts. Producer-director James Toback,
who used Tyson as an actor in three of his films, “The Pick Up” (1985),
“Black and White” (1999), and “When Will I Be Loved” (2002), took the
opportunity afforded by his relationship with Tyson to get him to tell
his story in his own words. Using steadicams, he made a Hi-Def shoot
during a week of intense complexity. Then followed eight months of
research and editing. The result is a fascinating autobiography using
Tyson’s contemporary interview before Toback’s cameras combined with
archival films of his fights and interviews.
There are no competing voices in this film,
and it doesn’t seem as if any are needed because Tyson is disarmingly
honest about his failings.
He tells about his rough upbringing in
he lost both his parents, how he was a thug, a thief, a criminal. Then
he came under the spell of boxing promoter Cus D’Amato, who turned him
in a different direction.
But becoming the heavyweight champion at
such a tender age didn’t mean that Tyson was ready to live the Life of
Riley. On the contrary, things just kept going from bad to worse. Tyson
tells it all.
He tells his side of the ear biting
episodes in his last real fight against Evander Holyfield. What we don’t
get is details about the rape charges and convictions that made him
spend 3 years in jail for a sexual escapade that I imagine most people
think was converted from consensual sex to an unfair rape charge. I know
I thought his conviction was an outrage and I was no Tyson fan. Who
could believe, knowing Tyson’s reputation with women, that this woman,
who had just met him, would accompany him to his hotel room at 2 a.m.
without the idea that she was going to have sex? But Tyson had a bad
reputation and this was a jury’s chance to get him.
It sounds like Tyson had a habit of
minimalizing women and treating them badly. If that is so, one got her
revenge. Tyson doesn’t go into detail about what happened that night,
probably because of risk of this woman suing him for defamation. He does
allude to the hell of being in prison. He gives some specifics, but not
many and little detail.
The films of the fights emphasize the
brutality of boxing. I detest boxing and haven’t been shy about saying
that it shames our society. While movies generally make it seem even
more brutal than it really is, Tyson was such a brute that his fights
are vicious. How anyone can watch these films, and they are uncommonly
violent, and think that this is an entertainment that belongs in a
civilized society is beyond me.