The Armstrong Lie

Synopsis: A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.
Director(s): Alex Gibney
Production: Sony Pictures Classic
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min


It's interesting.

I didn't think about this.

It's like living a lie.

I didn't live a lot of lies,

but I lived one big one.

You know, it's different, I guess.

Maybe it's not.

But yeah, it's...

And what I said in

there with just how

this story is

all over the place,

and there are these two

just complete

opposite narratives.

You know, the only person

that can actually

start to let people

understand what

the true narrative is is me.

And you should know that

better than anybody.

Let's get to the real nature and

the real detail of the story.

'Cause we haven't

heard it yet, is the truth.

Lance, how you feeling?

Good. I'm very good.

Nervous. But that's good.

Always nervous for these.

Not a lot of room for error.

So makes it interesting.

Oh, yeah.

Welcome to the party.

In 2009, I set out

to make a film about

Lance Armstrong's comeback year.

It seemed like a great ride.

A retired champion

with a contentious past

comes back to

cycling to show them all.

Then the Lance

doping scandal erupted

and I had to put the film aside.

When I picked

the film back up, I faced

the same question

that haunted me in 2009.

Why did he come back?

He'd won the Tour de

France seven times.

I wondered what

I had been witness to in 2009.

And what did it mean now that the

truth about Lance was known?

In making my new film, all roads

seemed to lead back to the past.

I viewed my battle with

cancer as an athletic competition.

But in that,

you either win or you lose.

When you lose,

or if you lose, you die.

So I took that perspective,

which is a little dark,

and I put it into everything

I've done since then.

I like to win.

But more than anything,

I can't stand

the idea of losing,

because, to me,

that equals death.

Look at this. Armstrong

accelerating once again.

And there's a gap

now starting to appear

between Lance Armstrong

and Marco Pantani.

Well, I never

thought I'd see the day when

Lance Armstrong

would blow away the man

we've always referred to as the

finest climber we've ever seen

in the current

peloton of cycling.

But there's one matter

that's stayed on Armstrong's tail,

allegations he's used

banned performance enhancers.

Where he's found this

strength from, I don't know.

He has torn

the field apart here.

The mythic nature

of his essential comeback,

getting cancer and

coming back and being

a great athlete,

is an astonishing story.

If he's clean,

it's the greatest comeback.

If he's not,

then it's the greatest fraud.

I don't think any

sports team or any athlete

has ever come under

this kind of scrutiny.

Oh, and Beloki's gone down!

Armstrong's off

the road as well.


complete control there.

He's into the field,

but what a great bike rider.

He's gone across.

This is unbelievable.

I've never seen this before.

Armstrong went

across the field there.

He's back on the road

with four kilometers to go.

Oh, this is incredible.

Armstrong is such a star.

There are people

who have really been ruined

because of Lance's aggressive

attempts to keep them quiet.

He was an

immensely intimidating person.

Thing about Armstrong,

he has the acceleration.

When he wants to go into

a climb, he can do it.

He has now decided,

"I want to go."

You can see the yellow jersey is open...

What's happened now'?

What has happened there?

Can he recover?

He's come back.

Armstrong is out

of the saddle again.

He's jumping onto the

tail here of {ban Mayo.

This is unbelievable.

Armstrong is now one of

the world's most recognized athletes.

To Americans, Lance

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Alex Gibney

Philip Alexander "Alex" Gibney (born October 23, 1953) is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney "is becoming the most important documentarian of our time".His works as director include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (winner of three Emmys in 2015), We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three primetime Emmy awards), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Casino Jack and the United States of Money; and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on a taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002. more…

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