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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.

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Alex Gibney

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

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Cast

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2013 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Lance Armstrong: The Road Back See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,992, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$381,703, 16 February 2014
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

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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Here lies the aftermath of celebrity worship culture.
11 July 2014 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

I always admire the commitment of a documentarian. It feels destined for Alex Gibney to have been following Lance Armstrong just before the turn of his downfall as all his documentaries need a tinge of controversy before they're just right. A comeback film wouldn't have been as interesting as this. Perhaps it's morbid curiosity of why I'm looking into Lance Armstrong more now that the truth has broken out than when he was heroic cyclist who wasn't held back by a little cancer. What brings a man to do something like this? What was the point? The Armstrong Lie has intimate access to the disgraced icon and it's undeniable that he's compelling to watch, if sometimes repulsive. Above all, it reveals the nature of our celebrity worship culture and the power it feeds and the lives it destroys.

The documentary covers all aspects of the sport of cycling. It's quite infectious with its cinematic style and I regret watching this the day that the Tour de France was close to me but I missed it. The film gives scattered information about the basics but there's great insight into how the cheating works. The cutting makes the human drama thrilling as people try to beat Armstrong at his game. The film doesn't necessarily take a side, but he still makes you sick to your stomach when he lies through his teeth to the camera. I couldn't help but keep thinking that Ben Foster will be perfect for Stephen Frears' upcoming film. We still haven't got all the facts, especially about Armstrong's peers, and there's quite a bit about media manipulation here too which the film is a part of, but the story of a contemporary legend falling touches an aching nerve.

8/10


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