A made-for-HBO dramatization of boxer Mike Tyson's well-documented career, TYSON manages to create an engrossing, sympathetic portrait of the controversial, troubled champion, although it wears its biases quite openly.
The film dramatizes the rise and fall of heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, from his early days as a delinquent in Brooklyn through his conviction on rape charges in 1991. As an adolescent Mike is taken in by veteran boxing trainer Cus D'Amato (George C. Scott) and his early road to success is
guided by Cus and managers Jimmy Jacobs (Tony Lo Bianco) and Bill Clayton (James B. Sikking). However, the early deaths of Cus and Jacobs leave Mike vulnerabl...