Tyson Trailer and Movie Poster

James Toback’s Tyson was one of the movies that Jay and I caught at Sundance this year, and it’s definitely a compelling watch, even if you’re not a big fan of boxing. With his controversial and eccentric nature, Mike Tyson is an ideal subject for a documentary. He’s both terrifying and hilarious, a hero and a monster. What makes this movie special is Toback’s close personal relationship to Tyson, which allowed him to capture some pretty candid moments.

Sony Pictures Classics have finally released a trailer for this flick, and I think it summarizes the movie quite well. Watch it now in the embedded player below, or see it in HD over at Apple.com. You can also read Jay’s review and check out our short video podcast on the subject. Tyson hits select theatres on April 24th.

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  • Give me a break. I love how the poster has these glowing reviews already for this. That should be warning sign right there.

    When is Fedor Emelianenko going to get his own movie? He’s a Russian Chuck Norris without the cheezy acting.

  • “Give me a break. I love how the poster has these glowing reviews already for this. That should be warning sign right there.”

    Not sure what you mean by this Tom. The film played at Sundance and has been screened at other festivals. The glowing reviews come from people who have seen the film. Myself and Sean saw it in January when we were at Sundance as well.

  • It seems very forced is what I’m saying. I know with many other movies that turned out crap, they were all lauded by critics and such alike even before the film was released. Call me cynical. I’m not impressed either.

  • Goon

    People saw a movie and liked it, and a movie that may not make much money used them to try and make money.

    Therefore, the movie must be bad.

    Nice logic there, Tom.

  • joe

    It’s playing at the Cleveland Int. Film Festival sometime next week. I’m not seeing it though (seeing bunch of others).

  • “People saw a movie and liked it, and a movie that may not make much money used them to try and make money.”

    I’ve seen it happen with many mediocre movies where they’ll release it, praise the bejesus of it, hype it and it ends up worse than anticipated. Goon, you seen ten times the movies and reviews I’ve seen and you still don’t catch on to this phenom.

    How about the other side? How about IF a movie gets glowing reviews that is has to be good. The propoganda is used to condition people. If hype wasn’t used, nobody would go to see anything based on word of mouth.

    Sheeple are so easily led.

  • Tom, I think there is a difference between standard marketing and false advertising. It is misleading if the quotes are taken out of context or if they are from no-name quote whores. But if there are positive reviews are from reputable sources, why not include this on the poster? Is this not relevant? Aren’t “sheeple” being more gullible if they just decide whether or not to see a movie based solely on the pretty pictures?

    If you’re arguing about the existence of the poster at all, I don’t see how you expect people to find out about new movies without any advertising.

  • Sean

    Mike Tyson is an intersting topic for a movie. His story is dirt to success to demon. I think this movie can show that Mike is a person who has lived an interesting life and should not immediately be villified by media. no matter how easy it is to make him seem crazy. Hopefully, this movie shows that he is a person. Maybe it will just show how impersonal he really is though. I’m going to see it but does anyone know where it’s playing near boston.