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DVD Review: ‘Tyson’ is One of the Best Documentaries of 2009


CHICAGO – To a lot of people out there, the very concept of James Toback’s “Tyson” might sound overwhelming. Spending ninety minutes with a man as intense, controversial, and even scary as Mike Tyson could have been a nightmare. But in the hands of the very talented Toback (“Bugsy,” “Fingers”), “Tyson” is a riveting portrait of a life lived in the public eye but barely understood by it.

Interview: Talking ‘Tyson’ With Writer, Director James Toback

CHICAGO – If you’re merely a casual movie goer, you may not know the name James Toback, but you probably know his work. If you do know the name, you probably have an opinion.

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