The Armstrong Lie

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Synopsis
In 2009, Academy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney (2007, Best Documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side) was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession. THE ARMSTRONG LIE picks up in 2013 after Armstrong was stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles, and presents a riveting, insider’s view of the unraveling of the greatest deception in sports history.

Genre: Sports/Recreation
Director: Alex Gibney -
Theatrical Release: 2013
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 123 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

Synopsis
In 2009, Academy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney (2007, Best Documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side) was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession. THE ARMSTRONG LIE picks up in 2013 after Armstrong was stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles, and presents a riveting, insider’s view of the unraveling of the greatest deception in sports history.

Alex Gibney surveys the rise and fall of acclaimed and then disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong in his documentary THE ARMSTRONG LIE. The director presents the complicated history of the controversial figure, including his troubled father-free childhood, his battle back from testicular cancer, his seven consecutive Tour de France championships, the creation of his Live Strong charity, and his subsequent admission to a blood doping regimen that allowed him to stay at the top of the physically demanding sport for so long. Gibney sits down with numerous reporters who tried for years to expose Armstrong's continuous fibs, and also interviews those who were inside Armstrong's inner circle. THE ARMSTRONG LIE screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.;

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Lance Armstrong - American ex-pro cyclist, 7-time winner of the Tour de France
Maryse Alberti - Director of Photography
Alex Gibney -
Alex Gibney -
Daniel Coyle - Author, HARDBALL (2001)
Jonathan Vaughters -
John McCullough -
Bill Strickland - Participant
David Kahne -
David Walsh - Participant
Emile Vrijman - Participant
Steve Madden - Participant
Phil Liggett - Participant
George Hincapie -
Michele Ferrari - Participant
Johan Bruyneel -
Frankie Andreu -
Betsy Andreu -
Reed Albergotti -
Los Angeles Times
11/07/2013
"[A] thorough and engrossing investigation that manages to smoothly integrate footage shot for the earlier work into a very different framework."
USA Today
11/14/2013
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n enthralling, clear-eyed and penetrating examination not only of a fallen hero, but an exploration of drive, moral relativism and the cult of personality."
Wall Street Journal
11/07/2013
"THE ARMSTRONG LIE is truly singular, a tale of ambition that's almost mad enough to be mythic."
Entertainment Weekly
11/13/2013
"It's a fascinating film that points the finger at a charismatic master of deception -- as well as our willingness to buy his deceit." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone
11/07/2013
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he result is scary, suspenseful and shockingly intense....The provocation never stops."
A.V. Club
11/07/2013
"[T]he film offers a definite sting as Armstrong?s former teammates dish on who saw what and when." -- Grade: B
Chicago Sun-Times
11/14/2013
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "You?d have to start looking into ancient Greek tragedy to top it as a showcase for pure, unadulterated hubris."
Total Film
01/27/2014
"[T]here?s an undeniable fascination in the spectacle of Armstrong concealing and confessing with equal self-assurance."
Empire
01/24/2014
3 stars out of 5 -- "Gibney's character study of Armstrong is tough and forensic."

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