SHOWTIME Sports New Documentary movie of a Former Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston named Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston (2019) which Premieres Friday, November 15 at 9 PM ET/PT.
Here’s the official trailer which is released on October 25th by
SHOWTIME Sports on Youtube Channel. The documentary is written and directed by Simon George and told through original conversations with luminaries, historians and some of Liston’s closest friends and family.
PARIAH chronicles the rise and precipitous fall of one of the most vilified and misunderstood sports champions of forever.
Sonny Liston overcame insurmountable odds and became the heavyweight champion of the world in 1962 when he knocked out Floyd Patterson. Just eight years later, his wife would find him dead in their Las Vegas home from a supposed heroin overdose. Throughout his rise to fame, Liston was disparaged and denigrated by white society as a violent criminal. His association with notorious mobsters and his back-to-back losses to Muhammad Ali inevitably caused Liston to spiral out of control.
The documentary movie examines the peaks and troughs of Liston’s life, and how the mystery that clouded his death continues to this day. Developed from Shaun Assael’s investigative book The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights.
PARIAH features exclusive conversations with Mike Tyson and boxing historians Nigel Collins, Jerry Izenberg, Bob Lipsyte, Don Majeski, and Assael.