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The Armstrong Lie 2014

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4.4 out of 5 stars (54) IMDb 7.2/10

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
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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
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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 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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Very interesting documentary following Lance Armstrong's 2009 comeback ride for the Tour de France, and the crumbling House of Cards that ensued as various disaffected team mates spilled the beans on his dope taking. What comes across is his incredible ability to lie repeatedly about his failed tests and allegations, and his indomitable will that will not brook any disrespect to his Messianic Mission to race on behalf of cancer victims and their families. His deceit is truly sickening.

Only when a federal prosecutor starts to subpoena people involved in this dirty business, do sworn statements appear that detail the extent of Lance Armstrong's involvement with drug taking and testing avoidance. What comes across is just how dirty professional cycling is and how the power of 'omerta' keeps the riders in line. Everyone in this whole wretched enterprise know that a large number of cyclists and their support staff are doing one drug or another but the money being generated is so huge and benefits so many, that the crime is blithely ignored. Problem, what problem? I know nothing, it could have been said by Manuel from Fawlty Towers.

What is truly pitiful is that even in his 2009 comeback where he finished 3rd it was later shown he had abnormal blood results. The winner Alberto Contador is then busted in his next win in 2010 for doping. It is farcical. The extras are very interesting with the 'Dr Dope' Michele Ferrari interview showcasing this physicians utter lack of scrupals. Here is a man who practises pseudo science to adminster various performance boosting drugs; EPO, testosterone, cortisone, steroids and human growth hormone, to his human guinea pigs and then devises ways to avoid being detected by the testing authorities.
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