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James Toback


Tyson is a staggering movie.

James Toback's documentary about the career and life of boxer Mike Tyson gives the lie to the Nietzschean thought, "That which does not kill me makes me stronger." Tyson may not be the walking dead but he is lost, his glory years tainted as well as faded.

At one point the most admired and feared heavyweight ever to grace the ring, and later the most loathed, he empties his heart and mind to Toback. He still revels in his victories while trying to explain his self-destructive character.

What emerges is a fallen warrior's tale: the inside story of a man bloodied and bowed.

This movie isn't an account of redemption. Instead, this...