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'Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson'

October 02, 1994|Howard Rosenberg

Barbara Kopple's 1993 documentary for NBC is brawny, roundhouse filmmaking, tapping many emotions while adding to the lore about its controversial and perplexing subject. More than just a story about Tyson's success and decline, culminating in his conviction for raping beauty contestant Desiree Washington, the film examines a male environment in which violence against women is winked at. It also casts a youthful Tyson (pictured) in an almost loving light, showing him as someone who, almost in the same breath, could express tenderness and speak about crime being "exciting." (USA Saturday at noon.)

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