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

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Alex Gibney

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

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Credited cast:
Reed Albergotti Reed Albergotti ... Himself
Betsy Andreu Betsy Andreu ... Herself
Frankie Andreu Frankie Andreu ... Himself
Lance Armstrong ... Himself
Johan Bruyneel Johan Bruyneel ... Himself
Anderson Cooper ... Himself / Interviewer (archive footage)
Daniel Coyle Daniel Coyle ... Himself
Michele Ferrari Michele Ferrari ... Himself
George Hincapie George Hincapie ... Himself
Sophie Karl ... Bernadette Nun
Linda Armstrong Kelly Linda Armstrong Kelly ... Herself / Mother (archive footage)
Larry King ... Himself / Interviewer (archive footage)
Phil Liggett Phil Liggett ... Himself
Steve Madden Steve Madden ... Himself
Scott Pelley ... Himself / interviewer (archive footage)
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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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English

Release Date:

14 November 2013 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Lance Armstrong: The Road Back See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$28,992, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$381,703, 16 February 2014
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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 »

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Lance Armstrong: I viewed my battle with cancer as an athletic competition. But in that, you either win or you lose. When you lose, or if you lose, you die. So I took that perspective, which is a little dark, and I put it into everything I've done since then. I like to win. But more than anything, I can't stand the idea of losing, because, to me, that equals death.
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Lies cannot last forever
10 July 2014 | by priyantha-bandaraSee all my reviews

The Armstrong Lie is a documentary that takes a deep look at one of the most horrendous best kept lies of the sports history, the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong after being disgracefully accused for doping. He was once known as the greatest cyclist the world has ever seeing who won 7 Tour De France titles from 1999-2005 after battling and recovering from cancer.

After winning 7 titles and being away for 4 years in retirement Armstrong makes a surprise come back in 2009 with hopes of winning another title and raising funds for cancer patients. The director of this documentary Alex Gibney was hired to make a documentary of the comeback of Armstrong and he has being covering Armstrong's sports history for quite some time. But as the doping scandal came to light the original project was never finished. But in 2013 Gibney decided that he needs a proper ending to his documentary and re-opened it after Armstrong makes a confession on Oprah Winfrey show.

This documentary is quite easy and interesting to follow. For someone with even a mild knowledge about professional cycling and Armstrong it can be digested without much effort. While having a deep look at Armstrong's sporting career and the doping dilemma the documentary effectively provides important background information about the sport itself that fuels the main plot. And it manages to tell the story from several perspectives than being biased in to one point of view, the intention being the viewer to have their own conclusion of what had really happened. There ample amount of historical footage of practice runs, races, press conferences, court trials and other video that builds a strong case relating to each other. Obviously for being someone like Armstrong most of his well-known part of his entire life is on film somewhere. The challenge which the director goes through is to filter the most relevant and create a flow that doesn't over hype or dull to the viewer. In my opinion the job was well done.

The Armstrong Lie is a powerful piece of documentary film making. And it would give you new perspective of what really went on with Lance Armstrong. Maybe you have followed his case eagerly while it was hot but now since things have gone a bit cold a relook would be ideal. Just as Armstrong phrase many times it felt OK at the time.


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