The Armstrong Lie

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The Armstrong Lie
The Armstrong Lie.jpg
Film poster
Directed byAlex Gibney
Produced byFrank Marshall
Matt Tolmach
Alex Gibney
Written byAlex Gibney
StarringLance Armstrong
Narrated byAlex Gibney
Music byDavid Kahne
CinematographyBen Bloodwell
Maryse Alberti
Edited byAndy Grieve
Tim Squyres
Lindy Jankura
Kennedy/Marshall Productions
Jigsaw Productions
Matt Tolmach Productions
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02) (Venice)
  • October 12, 2013 (2013-10-12) (US)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$428,795[1][2]

The Armstrong Lie is a 2013 American documentary film directed by Alex Gibney about the cyclist Lance Armstrong. Originally titled The Road Back,[3] the film takes its name from "Le Mensonge Armstrong", the headline of the August 23, 2005 issue of the French newspaper L'Équipe.[4] The film was screened out of competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival[5][6] and in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[7]


In 2009 director Alex Gibney set out to film The Road Back, a documentary on cyclist Lance Armstrong's comeback year after a four-year retirement from the sport. Three years later, on October 2012, a doping investigation led to his lifetime ban from competition and the stripping of his seven Tour de France titles, and the documentary was shelved. On January 14, 2013, three hours after his appearance on Oprah, Armstrong went back to Gibney to set the record straight about his career.[8]


The documentary includes footage from Larry King Live, The Daily Show and the South Park episode "A Scause for Applause".


Reviews of the documentary have been positive, with an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 108 reviews.[9] Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter called it: "A quite absorbing but never riveting or revelatory overview of Armstrong’s career and testy personality."[10]


  1. ^ "The Armstrong Lie". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Armstrong Lie – International results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Lyons, Margaret (October 8, 2013). "The Armstrong Lie Trailer: Tour de Lance". New York Media, LLC. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "EN IMAGES. Retour sur l'histoire d'Armstrong et du Tour de France". 20 minutes. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Out of Competition". labiennale. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Venice film festival 2013: the full line-up". The Guardian. London. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "The Armstrong Lie". TIFF. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Lance Armstrong movie title changes to "The Armstrong Lie"". WJLA-TV. November 7, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "The Armstrong Lie". Rotten Tomatoes/Flixster. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  10. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (September 2, 2013). "The Armstrong Lie: Venice Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 6, 2013.

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