The Armstrong Lie X

The Armstrong Lie X

USA, 2013, 122 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Biographical, Crime, Documentary, Sports
Language: English

In 2008, acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney set out to make a celebratory film about Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling. He had unprecedented access to Armstrong and his team and by 2011, production on the film was essentially complete. But when substantive doping allegations began to emerge, Gibney’s film became an inquiry into moral relativism, the nature of celebrity, and the human need for heroes.

This exhaustive and penetrating film shows Armstrong’s defiance, hubris, and his tentative steps toward facing the lie he lived. Armstrong began racing in 1992 at the age of 21 and quickly came to prominence in the field. But in 1996, he was diagnosed with metastasized cancers, and underwent testicular and brain surgeries. Only two years later, he astonished the world by returning to professional racing and went on to win cycling’s grail, the Tour de France, an unprecedented seven times. He officially retired in 2005 to spend more time with his children, but returned three years later and welcomed filmmakers to document his comeback.

Gibney’s reputation and stature spring from some of the most compelling documentaries of the past decade, including the 2008 Academy Award-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side and the 2006 Academy Award-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. His impressive list of credits also includes We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks; Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer; Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson; and the Jack Abramoff documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money.

In cooperation with Denver School of the Arts

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DIRECTOR: Alex Gibney
Producer: Alex Gibney, Frank Marshall, Matthew Tolmach
Editor: Andy Grieve, Lindy Jankura, Tim Squyres
Screenwriter: Alex Gibney
Cinematographer: Ben Bloodwell
Principal Cast: Lance Armstrong

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