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The Program (2015)

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An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

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Stephen Frears

Writers:

John Hodge (screenplay), David Walsh (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Foster ... Lance Armstrong
Chris O'Dowd ... David Walsh
Guillaume Canet ... Dr. Ferrari
Jesse Plemons ... Floyd Landis
Lee Pace ... Bill Stapleton
Denis Ménochet ... Johan Bruyneel
Edward Hogg ... Frankie Andreu
Dustin Hoffman ... Bob Hamman
Elaine Cassidy ... Betsy Andreu
Laura Donnelly ... Emma O'Reilly
Peter Wight ... Sunday Times Editor
Nathan Wiley ... Charles Pelkey
Chris Larkin ... John Wilcockson
Mark Little ... Rupert Guinness
Michael G. Wilson ... Lance's Doctor
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An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

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The true story of the greatest deception of our time See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Trivia

Stephen Frears told The Hollywood Reporter that he cast Guillaume Canet - a French actor who barely speaks English, to play Italian doctor Michele Ferrari because he couldn't find an Italian actor who speaks English. See more »

Goofs

In many of the scenes showing Armstrong riding in his early tour wins he is seen wearing Oakley Radar Sunglasses that were not yet released. See more »

Quotes

David Walsh: I used to believe in this sport and Armstrong is killing it!
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Featured in Projector: Suffragette/The Program (2015) See more »

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Blitzkrieg Bop
Written by Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone (as Dede Ramone), Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone
Performed by Ramones
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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The Program
31 March 2017 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Before watching The Program, I said to myself: "It's always the same. I think I'm not going to like a sports movie because I'm not interested in the sport in question, but I generally end up liking them because the sport is just an excuse to tell stories about internal strength and triumph over adversity". And, to a certain point, my prediction was true; however, I unfortunately didn't end up liking The Program very much. Don't misunderstand me. The Program is well acted and solidly directed by Stephen Frears, who keeps a sober point of view which doesn't judge Lance Armstrong for his bad ethic decisions, even though they aren't justified either; Frears just shows the facts with the talented vision which distinguishes his filmography (by the way, my favorite films of it so far are Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity and Dirty Pretty Things). Regarding the cast, Ben Foster brings a solid performance, playing Armstrong in a pragmatic and realistic way, while the rest of the cast also makes a good work, highlighting Chris O'Dowd and Guillaume Canet. So, why wasn't I left very satisfied by The Program? Because I didn't find the story particularly interesting. It might be so for the fans of cycling, but the facts are so simple and linear that they could have been told in 10 minutes of documentary footage. In other words, the story lacked the necessary "punch" in order to capture my emotions; or maybe, I was right from the beginning, and the problem was my ignorance regarding everything related to cycling. Anyway, I think I can give it a slight recommendation mostly to fans or haters of Armstrong's and to those who like cycling. For the rest of the audience, better read the article on Wikipedia; the effect will be the same as the one I had while watching this movie, with the difference that you will have to invest much less time.


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,763, 20 March 2016

Gross USA:

$13,074

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,335,613
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