The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie

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In 2009 Alex Gibney 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.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: 796.6 ARMSTRONG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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johnnyknuckles
May 06, 2017

Fascinating indictment of the "WIN AT ALL COSTS" mentality & Lance Armstrong's commitment to destroying anyone who threatened his path to victory. Ultimately, of course, Armstrong not only wrecked himself & his legacy, but tarnished the very sport of road cycling to which he was so devoted.

Also a compelling portrait of the sport of road cycling itself--I had no idea the Tour de France involved so much internecine strategizing, reckless & cutthroat behaviour, & crazy fan access to the race route itself. Great film

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KennethSmith
Feb 06, 2017

An insightful look at cyclist Lance Armstrong and the giant doping scandal. By the end of the film, the conclusion seems painfully obvious: change the rules. He "cheated" only by breaking rules that should not exist. So change the rules to something that reflects the reality of the sport and all of its competitors, not just Armstrong. A failing of the documentary is that it never discusses why the clearly ridiculous rules about drugs exist. They exist only to penalize top athletes in a random and arbitrary fashion. It is clear that Armstrong was entitled to all of his victories. Bravo, Lance Armstrong.

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ms_mustard
Nov 01, 2016

Armstrong drugs and strong-arms his way to the yellow jerseys and 7 Tour wins. the arrogance of an attempted comeback finally allows the truth to come to the surface.

also watch The Program which is based on David Walsh's book. describes the drug regimen devised to make Armstrong into a cheating winner.

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beckythecat1
Aug 17, 2015

fascinating. a good review of Lance's ego and fantasy life. sad that so many people suffered because of his ego.

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wilbertjack
Sep 09, 2014

For many years I had said Armstrong was a cheat. People used to laugh at me and tell me I was wrong.
It is really sad to see an exciting sport tainted by doping and so many lies.

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angel_heart
May 17, 2014

This movie changed the way I saw Lance. I used to admire him and look up to him. All successful athletes became role models. He has tarnished his name forever unless you have the wool over your eyes. I am glad he came clean, but only partially clean, why not tell the whole truth and redeem yourself? It just makes him look like more of a jerk. LANCE, YOU ARE A DOPE AND A LOOSER. Your name is not helping those with cancer. A great not for profit is called Maggie's HOPE on Facebook. Helping those in Whatcom county with breast cancer.

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dthomas6
Apr 27, 2014

Fascinating insight into one of the biggest control freaks in sports history. Sure, everyone doped. But only Lance defamed and sued everyone who dared to cross him. Be sure to watch the extras -- especially the one about George Hincapie's bid to win a stage being denied by cycling politics and infighting on the road. Amazing inside stuff filmed with unvarnished comments from the guys in the team car.

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Keogh
Apr 24, 2014

I can only imagine how someone who admired this man must feel. I always thought he was an arrogant jerk to begin with, so the doping scandal was no surprise. This documentary initially started out as an idea to follow Armstrong during his comeback tour, but moved off into other directions when his life started coming apart with the scandal and his own begrudging confession. Armstrong comes across as the megalomaniacal egomaniac, the bully willing to spend years tearing apart the lives of anyone who might be a threat to his image. He doesn't come across as repentant- indeed, there's something of the sociopath in him. While the director freely admits that there were times he was thinking more like a fan during that comeback period, he doesn't let Armstrong off the hook as events spin out of control. The end result is a damning indictment of a self absorbed monster, and of the bike racing industry as a whole. This makes for compelling viewing, even though by the end of it, you'll find yourself despising the subject. Things are left somewhat open ended- there are still consequences Armstrong faces for his lies, and the impression we get is that he so richly deserves to have his life torn to shreds.

pnt60022 Apr 17, 2014

WAY too long. And Lance does not come off well at all. I'm stunned he has any supporters left anywhere. The one thing that I will give him is that EVERYONE dopes in cycling so his wins may have been legit given that it was a level playing field. Professional cycling should be gotten rid of.

d2013 Apr 10, 2014

Unfortunately for Lance Armstrong he lost more than his titles. Being on top was his goal but at what cost. This documentary is an eye-opener.

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