The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie

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The Armstrong Lie

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks) was hired in 2009 to make a film tracking cyclist Lance Armstrong's comeback. But when the renowned Tour de France champion confessed to doping allegations, the doco was shelved. Gibney later picked the project back up, with a new goal: get an insider’s perspective on what provoked Armstrong to maintain such a massive lie.

"What was Lance Armstrong thinking? For years, after seizing international fame as the cancer survivor who won seven Tour de France titles, he fiercely denied accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. He used his power to aggressively litigate journalists and publicly humiliate former friends who claimed otherwise. His deceit finally cracked in January 2013, when he admitted guilt to Oprah Winfrey...

"Gibney was commissioned to make a film about Armstrong's return to the Tour de France, four years after the racing champion had declared retirement. That race would later stir up devastating evidence in the case against Armstrong. But Gibney came away from the experience unable to reconcile the discrepancy between doping allegations and Armstrong's emphatic denials. Then, post-Oprah, Gibney went back to Armstrong for new interviews to extract a more detailed account of his double life... Gibney attains rare interviews with Armstrong's former teammates and alleged doping mastermind Dr. Michele Ferrari. The film also raises troubling questions about the process of doping regulation. Recently, when asked to give advice to documentary filmmakers, Gibney responded with a motto exemplified by this film: Embrace contradictions." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2013Rating: M, Offensive language124 minsUSA
BiographyDocumentarySport
Director:
Alex Gibney ('We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks', 'Taxi to the Dark Side', 'Silence in the House of God', 'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room')
Cast:
Lance Armstrong
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Should easily become one of [Alex] Gibney’s more widely seen efforts.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

It requires stamina, but its charismatic subject exerts genuine magnetism.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

What will take your breath away is how viciously Armstrong crushed and humiliated anyone who dared to make allegations against him.

4.0
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Leaves you enlightened and disillusioned, but still furious at Armstrong.

3.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Succeeds as a probing look into the mechanics of an epic lie.

4.0
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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Gibney wants to make a point about how so many people were eager to embrace that story, but counting himself among the duped seems fishy.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Tough and forensic. But there are moments when its powder remains a little dryer than perhaps it should.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Should easily become one of [Alex] Gibney’s more widely seen efforts.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It requires stamina, but its charismatic subject exerts genuine magnetism.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

What will take your breath away is how viciously Armstrong crushed and humiliated anyone who dared to make allegations against him.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Leaves you enlightened and disillusioned, but still furious at Armstrong.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Succeeds as a probing look into the mechanics of an epic lie.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Gibney wants to make a point about how so many people were eager to embrace that story, but counting himself among the duped seems fishy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Tough and forensic. But there are moments when its powder remains a little dryer than perhaps it should.

3.0
0

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