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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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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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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 »

Quotes

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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Set You Free
Written by Dan Auerbach and Patrick J. Carney (as Partick Carney)
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gripping indictment
3 August 2014 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

When everyone cheats, it becomes a different contest. The powerful friends, money (125 million plus), risk and pain tolerance, influential scientists, compelling story, performance enhancing drugs, viciousness, ambition to win at all costs, willingness to bully others, . . . Armstrong has all this and more. The documentary is a powerful and gripping indictment not just of Armstrong and cycling, but of sports and humanity in general. Armstrong's doping is bad, but his abuse of power is worse. The film shows how willing people are to be fooled, or to trample on others. Despite its two-hour length, the film held my interest throughout. There are so many parallels in a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, wherein he writes, "There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger." So too with Armstrong, cycling, sports, and all of us. This brilliant documentary helps bring such truths to the surface.


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