On DVD: TOMMY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, July 31:
TOMMY

Directors:
Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby

Premiere:
ESPN (September 2017)

About:
The rise and fall of a heavyweight boxing champion.

This 30 for 30 project looks back at the troubled life and career of Tommy Morrison, who, as a young, up and coming boxer, was spotted by Sylvester Stallone and cast in ROCKY V. Within a few years of that spotlight grabbing opportunity, Morrison faced off against George Foreman, beating the legend during his comeback, and claiming the heavyweight title for himself. While this was short-lived, Morrison’s star was on the rise until he tested HIV positive in 1996, derailing his career and contributing to an addiction-fueled downward trajectory. Despite a somewhat unsympathetic subject, Leyden and Kirby effectively chronicle Morrison’s sad story, which included multiple denials of his HIV status before he finally succumbed to AIDS in 2013.

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