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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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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 »


Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 21 January 2014 (2014) See more »


Written by Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante and Chad Smith
Performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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gripping indictment
3 August 2014 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

When everyone cheats, it becomes a different contest. The powerful friends, money (125 million plus), risk and pain tolerance, influential scientists, compelling story, performance enhancing drugs, viciousness, ambition to win at all costs, willingness to bully others, . . . Armstrong has all this and more. The documentary is a powerful and gripping indictment not just of Armstrong and cycling, but of sports and humanity in general. Armstrong's doping is bad, but his abuse of power is worse. The film shows how willing people are to be fooled, or to trample on others. Despite its two-hour length, the film held my interest throughout. There are so many parallels in a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, wherein he writes, "There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger." So too with Armstrong, cycling, sports, and all of us. This brilliant documentary helps bring such truths to the surface.

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