In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has ... See full summary »
They are seekers, madmen and angels hell bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days. What began as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when one of... See full summary »
The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north "which are no longer used for traffic but only for transporting ... See full summary »
Roger De Vlaeminck,
The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.
Profound and penetrating insight into the hermetically closed world of professional cycling. With former pro rider, Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis as the protagonist, the documentary ... See full summary »
In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the ... See full summary »
Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, "JFK: A President Betrayed" uncovers new evidence that reveals how JFK embarked on secret back channel peace efforts with Nikita Khrushchev ... See full summary »
Rising from Ashes is a feature length documentary about the first Rwandan national cycling team in their bid to make history and represent their country at the 2012 Olympics. Competing in a white man's sport, reserved for the privileged, a rag tag group of cyclists coached by the first American to ride in the Tour de France, are transformed into a powerful symbol of hope for a country recovering from one of the world's most devastating genocides. Written by
The story is about men in Rwanda who where children when their country erupted in a horrible civil war and how they found some purpose in their lives through cycling. One man lost sixty members of his family to the killings. "Six zero" he emphasized. You get to meet these men and their families, the culture is presented and contrasted to western values and economies. Their mentor explained how he provided money to support a diet suitable for a athlete in training but it was spent to support an extended family. You see their success and the pressures that come with it. The camera work and locations are great, you see the beauty and can also feel the grit. Anyone who has fixed a flat tire on a remote trail will get it. In the extras,producer T.C Johnstone comes across as just a arrogant and rude man; We're filming here, can you shut up. Hey, get these locals out of my shot! This is my new friend, spoken in the most condescending tone one will ever hear. His entire commentary is about him. He had problems at the airport, etc. A boor.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?