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The Armstrong Lie (2013)

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


Alex Gibney


Alex Gibney
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)


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 2013 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Lance Armstrong: The Road Back See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,992, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$381,703, 16 February 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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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 »


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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A great in depth look into the deceptive Lance Armstrong! 7/10
17 March 2016 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: After watching the Program recently, I thought I should watch the real story about Lance Armstrong, because I couldn't believe that a man could be so vindictive and manipulating to so many people, and now that I've watched this in depth documentary, he was worse than I first expected. The fact that he nearly got away with taking drugs during his 7 championship races, sickens my stomach and I personally think that he should be stripped of all of his personal earnings, which he has made from his deception and bare-faced lies. He ruined so many people's life's, including his fellow racers and he damaged there reputations by claiming that they were lying about his drug taking. Because of the power that he gained during his cycling career, he had the backing of some very important people, who helped him through his successful career but when the truth came out about his filthy habits, he tarnished there reputations and made loads of money after coming clean. His excuses for taking the enhanced performing drugs, were that it was the norm at that time and there wasn't any tests that could track the drugs, and the only reason why he got caught, even though there was loads of investigations, was because he returned to cycling after retiring with his 7 consistent wins. Anyway, I found the documentary very entertaining and well put together by the director and the various interviews with the people who surrounded Lance Armstrong at that time, proved that he really wasn't a nice person. The sad thing is, he actually could have won a few of the championships without the drugs! Enjoyable!

Round-Up: This documentary was directed by Alex Gibney, 62, whose known for his documentaries and his in depth look into debatable matters. He won an Oscar for Taxi To The Dark Side in 2008 and he was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for Efron: The Smartest Guys In The Room. He's directed documentaries about WikiLeaks, James Brown, musical artist Fela Kuti, Steve Jobs, Frank Sinatra and various political matters. Judging by this film, he's not one to hold back information and he does get down to the nitty gritty when it comes to delicate situations, so I'm looking forward to watching some more of his projects.

Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $500,000

I recommend this movie to people who are into their sport/documentaries about Lance Armstrong's rise and fall from grace. 7/10

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