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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 »





Credited cast:
Reed Albergotti Reed Albergotti ... Self
Betsy Andreu Betsy Andreu ... Self
Frankie Andreu Frankie Andreu ... Self
Grace Elizabeth Armstrong Grace Elizabeth Armstrong ... Self - Lance's Daughter
Isabelle Rose Armstrong Isabelle Rose Armstrong ... Self - Lance's Daughter
Lance Armstrong ... Self
Joy Behar ... Self - Interviewer
Michael Bloomberg ... Self - NYC Mayor (archive footage)
Johan Bruyneel Johan Bruyneel ... Self
Bill Clinton Jr. Bill Clinton Jr. ... Self - Former US President (archive footage)
Alberto Contador Alberto Contador ... Self - Tour De France Teammate
Anderson Cooper ... Self - Interviewer (archive footage)
Daniel Coyle Daniel Coyle ... Self
Sheryl Crow ... Self - Lance's Girlfriend (archive footage)
Michele Ferrari Michele Ferrari ... Self


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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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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Whitewashed as usual.
18 March 2015 | by patalbright2See all my reviews

This documentary in some way attempts to apologize for the sordid life of lies the Lance Armstrong used to ruin a one time popular sport.

There is little detail in this mockumentry that shows the horrible person, megalomaniac, narcissist and criminal that Armstrong was-and still is. Anyone who tries to blame his criminal actions on 'competitiveness' is sorely misinformed.

The only difference between Armstrong and Bernie Madoff is the fact that Bernie took it like a man and put himself in prison for what he did to so many people-who, unfortunately,were just as greedy as he was.

Armstrong compiled a 120 million dollar fortune based on lies to everyone and cheated so many out of greed-and nothing else but pure greed. While this video ends at a point that the real story has just began-I hope that it shows people just what a monster greed really is.

The video at times seems to go out of it's way to portray Armstrong as a patriot, cancer survivor and boy next door type that got 'caught up' in the sport. Nothing is further from the truth. His zest for riches continues, even today, as he is still blaming everyone for his downfall.

As far as presentation the video is quite good and, without a doubt, it is an interesting story of a heathen bent on destroying any one who might revel his lies-all in the name of the mighty dollar.

Threading peoples lives daily, blackmail, corruption and the worst of all what he did to America overall. The flag is stained with his lies forever and how he stays out of prison I will never understand.

An interesting video that I think most can enjoy, if for nothing else, exposing other greedy criminals like Armstrong-whose ego was so inflated-that he considered himself a solitary la cosa nostra.

Today, when so many sports stars are good people, he continues to the blame game.

Again, a fine interesting video.

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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, 10 November 2013

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