Directors: Gentry Kirby, Erin Leyden
Tagline: His Toughest Fight Was Outside the Ring
Tommy Morrison rose from poverty and a broken home to co-star in Rocky V, and become a World Champion Boxer. Morrison was on top, but his inability to control his addiction to drugs, partying and women led to his downfall. Morrison made repeated comebacks, but sabotaged himself every time. Finally he received news that ended his career and ultimately his life.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Tommy Morrison’s story is a sad one. This is especially true since Morrison’s own behavior caused his downfall. I give him credit for his initial press conference when he announced he had HIV. Sadly, his behavior went south after that. He had a doctor give him bicep implants, he claimed he no longer had HIV and he began getting in trouble with the law (DUIs, drugs and weapons convictions, etc.). He continued to lie and cheat on the two women he truly loved him.
Tommy Morrison with better self-control could have had a career in boxing and maybe even movies or television. I thought it was funny that Tommy’s boxing nickname was “The Duke” because John Wayne was a distant relative. It’s funny because it wasn’t true and Morrison was surprised no one ever checked.
Tommy (2017) rates 5 of 5 stars.