The Armstrong Lie 2014

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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, insi...

Starring:
Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti
Runtime:
2 hours 3 minutes

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The Armstrong Lie

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Genres Documentary
Director Alex Gibney
Starring Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti
Supporting actors Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu, Johan Bruyneel, Daniel Coyle, Michele Ferrari, George Hincapie, Phil Liggett, Steve Madden, Bill Strickland, Jonathan Vaughters, Emile Vrijman, David Walsh
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Like many of you, I was a complete Lance Armstrong fan. I was receiving chemo and radiation therapy for breast cancer in 2004 at the height of Armstrong's fame. I proudly wore one of the first 'Live Armstrong' yellow bands, and one of the research projects I was involved in was funded by Live Armstrong. It wasn't until 2010 when the rumors of Armstrong's cheating and doping became too much to ignore that I finally admitted my hero was a cheat.

In this documentary, Alex Gibney follows Armstrong on his comeback to the Tour de France. Along the way we follow Armstrong as Gibney films everything he can. This started out as a positive spin and ended up as the truth spin. Two hours and three minutes of the blues, then the truth as Armstrong sees it. The people he hurt and lives he destroyed speak. We meet everyone from the Italian physician who fashioned the doping that was not traceable to the cyclists involved and the trainers and everyone but Armstrong's family. Three of his children are seen bicycling with him. I wonder how they deal with this mess. What do they think of their father. He spun the winnings so many times that he actually came to believe he won Le Tour honestly. Why everyone was doing it, doping. It wasn't the doping as much as the abuse of power. The constant lying, the constant cheating.

We follow Armstrong from his cancer diagnosis through the end of the tour in 2012, and finally his moment of truth with Oprah Winfrey. We believed his blues, but no more. I have no pity for Lance, he deserves whatever comes his way. It will be difficult for anyone go believe in heroes from here on, what a lasting legacy.

Recommended. prisrob 02-25-14
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Dann on 17 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
This DVD is well made. It is detailed and full of excellent footage.
The production too is impressive. There are many clips with Armstrong
in front of the camera where his personality seems complex and unpleasant.

In essence, Lance is depicted as an aggressive, competitive, demanding and
a 'win at all costs' person. If he is to be believed it is at your own peril.
Many suggest that he lies often or is deluded into constructing complex webs
of nuanced opinions. Even at the end of the DVD Armstrong is satisfied that
in decades time, he will still be remembered for winning seven French tours.

Armstrong's plan to involve so many people worked. He intimidated many to
remain 'on message', to keep to the party line. Needless to say collaborators
were well rewarded. It required a man with a badge and a gun to crack the
nerve of cohorts. Armstrong, with less conscience and more to lose, has held
out on either proclaiming his innocence or guilty with extenuating circumstances.

His claim that his punishment is unfair is ludicrous. The arrogance and
opportunism is seemingly sociopathic and could anger even the most mild
mannered. He obviously has no idea as to the extent and ramifications of
his behaviour.

In fact, the documentary says repeatedly that it was his comeback that
started his demise. He was always under suspicion and attracted negative
publicity but for years was never proven guilty. He involved medical
specialists, team riders, the media and cycling officials in a scheme that
made many a lot of money. This made me wonder repeatedly about other
sports where doping and gambling are suggested to exist.
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By Mr. Aj Cran on 26 July 2014
Format: DVD
Very interesting look at a large section of Armstrongs career and the fall out from his eventual indictment on drugs charges.

The documentary about Armstrong was being made for years whilst he was a cyclist (and not charged with doping) and therefore uses this footage alongside interviews with his former team mates and other people around at the time.

Its also probably one of the only documentaries that actually features a lot of interviews with Lance himself and whilst he never really comes clean about the whole affair you do get a fair bit of information from him.

The other thing I found very interesting about this documentary was the in depth interviews they had with Dr Ferrari, the doctor widely credited with helping Armstrong and many other pro athletes to push their physical ability. After reading Tyler Hamilitons book I thought I was about to see a devil in doctors clothing - however what comes across is a medical nerd obsessed with pushing the boundaries of human performance...and unfortunately this includes doping. However it also looks into how Dr Ferrari looked at Lance as a physical specimen and looked at his attributes and how they calculated by increasing his cadence they could maximise performance...in this respect its a very interesting look at cycling performance and physiology.

All in all an interesting look back at a crooked era, when pretty much all the pro teams were doping and it was really about who had the best medics revving the engines!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WS on 16 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Lance Armstrong has moved from marmite to nuclear waste. And as with nuclear waste, we cannot just bury it and ignore it.

This makes for compelling viewing and it is difficult not to root for Lance in his 'clean' comeback.

Despite the record books being wiped clean of Lance Armstrong, cycling fans' memories are not so easy. I therefore recommend that you watch this. It is fascinating.
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