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The Program (2015)

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An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

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Dr. Ferrari
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Frankie Andreu
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Betsy Andreu
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Emma O'Reilly
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Sunday Times Editor
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Charles Pelkey
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John Wilcockson
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Rupert Guinness
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Lance's Doctor
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An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

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The true story of the greatest deception of our time See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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18 March 2016 (USA)  »

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Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic  »

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Trivia

Foster admitted the emotional storyline about the disgraced cyclist took more a toll on him than the physical demands of the role. See more »

Goofs

A number of The Sunday Times newspaper front pages on display around the office were published after the time the scenes are set. Most notably, the front cover depicting English Rugby player Johnny Wilkinson winning the 2003 World cup in a scene set in 2001. See more »

Quotes

Lance Armstrong: I just love to ride my bike.
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Soundtracks

Movin' On Up
Written by Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Robert Young
Performed by Primal Scream
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Video Game Licensing and Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
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Biopic of Lance Armstrong that is rather good
9 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is the story of Lance Armstrong and is based on the book by journalist David Walsh called "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong". Walsh worked for The Sunday Times and is played by the brilliant Chris O'Dowd in the film. Walsh was one of the few who questioned the phenomenal rise of Armstrong from mediocre hill climber to King of the mountains and unbeatable in The Tour de France.

Now the story is full of lies and deceit and evil doings and as such you would think it was full of Machiavellian twists – but no; it seems a bit flat to be honest. The story is interesting but seems to lack the oomph moments to bring it to anything approaching a dramatic crescendo.

I think half the problem is that we all know the story by now and so there is not that much to reveal and we have already gotten truly over our initial shock and disgust at what was a crime the perpetuated for years and corrupted so many – so called- athletes. Having said all that I really enjoyed it. Ben Foster puts in an excellent performance as the duplicitous Armstrong and was even convincing in the cancer bits and the double dealing lies. So one that rises from being above 'ok' but do not expect to be blown away.


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