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A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.



Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Reed Albergotti ...
Betsy Andreu ...
Frankie Andreu ...
Johan Bruyneel ...
Daniel Coyle ...
Michele Ferrari ...
George Hincapie ...
Phil Liggett ...
Steve Madden ...
Bill Strickland ...
Jonathan Vaughters ...
Emile Vrijman ...


A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

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On October 22, 2012 Lance Armstrong was stripped of the 7 Tour de France titles he won from 1999-2005.

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Rated R for language. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 2013 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Lance Armstrong: The Road Back  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$28,992 (USA) (8 November 2013)


$381,703 (USA) (14 February 2014)

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Did You Know?


Filmmaker Alex Gibney followed Lance Armstrong for four years with the intent of chronicling his return to cycling after retirement as Armstrong tried to win his eighth Tour de France. Unexpectedly, Gibney was also there when Armstrong admitted to doping, which resulted in the film being retitled from "The Road Back" to "The Armstrong Lie." See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »


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As exciting as any fictional thriller
11 July 2014 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

In 2009 Alex Gibney set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong's return to the racing circuit. Armstrong had won the Tour De France seven times and had beaten cancer. He was a winner in every respect until finally the allegations that had dogged him for years, that he had used performance enhancing drugs, caught up with him and on Oprah Winfrey's television show he finally admitted to cheating and Gibney's film, originally designed to celebrate Armstrong, became "The Armstrong Lie", as Gibney searched for reasons for his behaviour. Could it be that he simply had to become a winner whatever the cost? Gibney felt that Armstrong owed him since Armstrong had lied to him in 2009 when Gibney set out to celebrate Armstrong's career, so he continued with his film forcing Armstrong to confront his duplicitous past, (though even now Armstrong is holding some things back), and the result is this extraordinary film. "The Armstrong Lie" is the kind of film that pays tribute, not just to its subject, (though, perhaps, tribute isn't quite the right word in this case), but to the genre itself, (it's as exciting as any fictional thriller). Gibney already has an Oscar under his belt; in a just world he would have added another for this brilliant movie.

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