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THE ARMSTRONG LIE

 
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At Theaters: 11/8/2013 On Video: 2/11/2014
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 3 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600239
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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In 2008, filmmaker Alex Gibney set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong's comeback to the world of competitive cycling. Widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in the history of sports, Armstrong had brought global attention to cycling as the man who had triumphed over cancer and went on to win bicycling's greatest race, the Tour de France, a record seven consecutive times. Charting Armstrong's life-story (and given unprecedented access to both the Tour and the man), Gibney began filming what he initially envisioned as the ultimate comeback story -- Armstrong's return from his 2005 retirement and his attempt to win his eighth Tour. An unprecedented scandal, however, would rewrite both the Armstrong legend and Gibney's film.
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Documentary - This is a documentary detailing cyclist Lance Armstrong's fall from grace due to a drug scandal, not unlike a documentary one would see on television--with the exception of some strong language, which is the main reason for the film's R ratings. Otherwise, this is safe viewing for teens, depending on their interest in the subject.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Dir/Prod/Wri: Alex Gibney ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM
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About the Production
Director's Statement -- Alex Gibney
Production
Timeline: Lance Armstrong
Interviewee Bios
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PROFANITY: 13 F-words; 3 S-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Very brief non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Lots of cycling races.
COMEDY: None.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good The Armstrong story is fascinating. That someone could get away with such a huge lie in plain sight is terrifying.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good For all his former stance as a great American athletic hero, Lance Armstrong's next career could be sleazy politician or used car salesman. He lies with such conviction it's terrifying.

NY Post Full Review
Above Average Overall, Gibney does a fine job documenting the timeless nature of Armstrong's fall from grace.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
In 2008, Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong's comeback to the world of competitive cycling. Widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in the history of sports, Armstrong had brought global attention to cycling as the man who had triumphed over cancer and went on to win bicycling's greatest race, the Tour de France, a record seven consecutive times.

Charting Armstrong's life-story (and given unprecedented access to both the Tour and the man), Gibney began filming what he initially envisioned as the ultimate comeback story -- Armstrong's return from his 2005 retirement and his attempt to win his eighth Tour. Indeed, more than just an athlete, Armstrong, through his inspiring personal narrative and charitable works, had come to embody nothing short of the possibilities of the human spirit itself. An unprecedented scandal, however, would rewrite both the Armstrong legend and Gibney's film.

By early 2013, Lance Armstrong had admitted to using performance enhancing drugs following a federal criminal investigation and an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (in 2012 the USADA, in conjunction with the International Cycling Union, effectively stripped Armstrong of all seven of his previous titles and banned him from all sport for life). Setting out to chronicle a comeback, Alex Gibney's The ARMSTRONG Lie instead emerges as a riveting insider's view, chronicling the collapse of one of the greatest legends of our time. As Lance Armstrong tells Gibney's camera: "I didn't live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one."

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