Main Plot Points:
- In this “fascinating” (Time Out New York) documentary, filmmaker Bert Marcus explores the battle for the American Dream through the lives and careers of legendary boxers Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. In their own words, these champions reveal their journeys from poverty and violence, through fame and fortune, to self-destruction and self-discovery.
- Featuring clips from classic bouts and observations from journalists, educators, and boxing fans that include Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, Spike Lee and Mary J. Blige, discover the sometimes disturbing truths behind the controversial sport where the fight for glory is challenged only by the fight to survive.
What We Thought:
- Champs is an in depth look at the careers of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins.
- I like boxing so I knew most of these stories, but I did like that showed the highs and lows.
- All three came from severe poverty and bad neighborhoods. Hopkins did 5 years in prison before becoming a famous boxer. Tyson got bullied as a kid till he started robbing houses and then discovered boxing. Holyfield came from parents who couldn’t read and it was through boxing he found a way out.
- It shows a lot of their best fights. I especially liked seeing Tyson’s early fights when he first became champ and just destroyed people. I didn’t see much of Hopkins in his early career so I liked seeing some of his fights. Seeing Holyfield get robbed at the Olympics always pisses me off.
- Of course then came the titles, the millions and the problems. None of them knew how to handle money. Tyson went to prison for rape and lost to Buster Douglas. Hopkins kept winning for 20 years and Holyfield went bankrupt (as did Tyson). Most blame it all on their managers (like Don King).
- If you like boxing there isn’t much knew information in Champs, but it’s an easy and entertaining watch. I liked seeing what they are doing now that they are no longer boxing and there’s a ton of celebrity cameos.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Mike Tyson
- Evander Holyfield
- Bernard Hopkins
- Mark Wahlberg
- 50 Cent
Recommended if You Like:
- Sports Documentaries