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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
Grace Elizabeth Armstrong Grace Elizabeth Armstrong ... Herself - Lance's Daughter
Isabelle Rose Armstrong Isabelle Rose Armstrong ... Herself - Lance's Daughter
Lance Armstrong ... Himself
Joy Behar ... Herself - Interviewer
Michael Bloomberg ... Himself - NYC Mayor (archive footage)
Johan Bruyneel Johan Bruyneel ... Himself
Bill Clinton Jr. Bill Clinton Jr. ... Himself - Former US President (archive footage)
Alberto Contador Alberto Contador ... Himself - Tour De France Teammate
Anderson Cooper ... Himself - Interviewer (archive footage)
Daniel Coyle Daniel Coyle ... Himself
Sheryl Crow ... Herself - Lance's Girlfriend (archive footage)
Michele Ferrari Michele Ferrari ... Himself
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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, 10 November 2013

Gross USA:

$383,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$594,394
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Dolby Digital

Color:

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 »

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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El Viento
Written by Manu Chao
Performed by Manu Chao
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As exciting as any fictional thriller
11 July 2014 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

In 2009 Alex Gibney set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong's return to the racing circuit. Armstrong had won the Tour De France seven times and had beaten cancer. He was a winner in every respect until finally the allegations that had dogged him for years, that he had used performance enhancing drugs, caught up with him and on Oprah Winfrey's television show he finally admitted to cheating and Gibney's film, originally designed to celebrate Armstrong, became "The Armstrong Lie", as Gibney searched for reasons for his behaviour. Could it be that he simply had to become a winner whatever the cost? Gibney felt that Armstrong owed him since Armstrong had lied to him in 2009 when Gibney set out to celebrate Armstrong's career, so he continued with his film forcing Armstrong to confront his duplicitous past, (though even now Armstrong is holding some things back), and the result is this extraordinary film. "The Armstrong Lie" is the kind of film that pays tribute, not just to its subject, (though, perhaps, tribute isn't quite the right word in this case), but to the genre itself, (it's as exciting as any fictional thriller). Gibney already has an Oscar under his belt; in a just world he would have added another for this brilliant movie.


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