Tyson (1995 film)

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Tyson
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Genre
Based onFire and Fear: The Inside Story of Mike Tyson
by José Torres
Written byRobert Johnson
Directed byUli Edel
Starring
Music byStewart Copeland
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
ProducerDavid Blocker
CinematographyJack Conroy
EditorSeth Flaum
Running time104 minutes
Production companyHBO Pictures
Original release
NetworkHBO
ReleaseApril 29, 1995 (1995-04-29)

Tyson is a 1995 American biographical drama television film based on the life of American heavyweight boxer Iron Mike Tyson. Directed by Uli Edel and written by Robert Johnson, it stars Michael Jai White as Tyson alongside George C. Scott as Cus D'Amato and Paul Winfield as Don King. The film is an adaptation of the 1989 biography Fire and Fear: The Inside Story of Iron Mike Tyson by José Torres, a former boxer and former chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, and depicts events from Tyson's troubled childhood in Brooklyn through his conviction in 1992 for the rape of beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington.

The film first aired on HBO on April 29, 1995.

Plot

Mike Tyson grows up a troubled youth, who aspires to become a professional boxer. Manager and trainer Cus D'Amato begins turning the young Tyson into an undefeated fighter. However, Tyson becomes a difficult pupil who is often exposed, and slacks off during his training.

D'Amato surrounds Tyson with boxing managers Jimmy Jacobs, Bill Cayton, and trainer Kevin Rooney to help rebuild the boxer's life. D'Amato tells Tyson that as long as he keeps good people nearby, they can keep him out of trouble.

Tyson quickly rises through the ranks, but becomes upset when D'Amato's health deteriorates, and he dies. Jacobs then takes over as Tyson's manager. In 1986, Tyson takes part in the match against Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas at the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship. At twenty years of age, Tyson wins, and becomes the youngest champion in boxing history. In 1987, the match against Tony Tucker takes place, in which Tyson wins, and retains his title.

Tyson marries his pregnant girlfriend, actress Robin Givens. The event is followed by the sad news of Jacobs' death due to leukemia. Cayton takes on the job of managing Tyson. Don King seeks Tyson with an offer to manage his career. Tyson declines, but decided to hire King as his new promoter instead. A battle of words flies between King, Givens, and Cayton in the media, as they accuse each other of swindling Tyson.

When Robin suffers a miscarriage, Tyson slacks off during his training. Rooney, in a fit of frustration, tells him that Robin was never pregnant to begin with. Tyson in response knocks out two of his training fighters.

In 1988, the match against Michael Spinks takes place. Before the match, Cayton learns that he has been fired. Tyson defeats Spinks and everyone cheers on, but Cayton and Rooney are not on the same page. During a television interview with Barbara Walters, Robin unintentionally embarrasses Tyson with his mental health issues.

Meanwhile, police arrive at the home where Robin lives, and where Tyson is throwing a temper tantrum. Robin tells the press that Tyson has become an emotionally abusive husband. She moves out and files for divorce.

In Tokyo, on February 11, 1990, the match against Buster Douglas takes place. Tyson fights hard, but the match ends with Douglas victorious over Tyson by knockout.

In 1991, Tyson is brought to trial for raping beauty pageant contestant, Desiree Washington. He is convicted of rape and criminally deviant conduct, and sentenced to six years in prison, which is served at the Indiana Youth Center. Rooney files a suit against Tyson for civil damages. Upon release in 1995, Tyson announces that he will attempt a comeback. King remains his promoter, but is scheduled to stand trial for insurance fraud.

Cast

Awards and nominations

Tyson was nominated for the 1996 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. The award went to another HBO film, The Tuskegee Airmen.

Reception

The movie received mixed reviews from critics.

Video releases

Tyson was released on VHS on January 13, 1998. A DVD release followed years later, on June 16, 2008.

See also

References

  1. ^ Nidetz, Steve (28 April 1995). "DEPRESSING ACCOUNT OF TYSON IN HBO FILM". ChicagoTribune.com. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "TYSON MOVIE CAST SET BY HBO". Greensboro News and Record. 18 August 1994. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ TYSON HITS, GETS HIT IN HBO FILM - The Washington Post
  4. ^ Sandomir, Richard (18 April 1995). "TV SPORTS; The Critics All Agree, Tyson Won't Like It". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ Carman, John (27 April 1995). "HBO's 'Tyson' Is a Losing Bout / Few insights in depressing drama". SFGate. Retrieved 18 February 2019.

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