In 2008, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong's comeback to the world of competitive cycling. Widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in the history of sports, Armstrong had brought global attention to cycling as the man who had triumphed over cancer and went on to win the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times. Charting Armstrong's life story (and given unprecedented access to both the Tour and the man), Gibney began filming what he initially envisioned as the ultimate comeback story—Armstrong's return from retirement and his attempt to win his eighth Tour. Indeed, more than just an athlete, Armstrong, through his inspiring personal narrative and charitable works, had come to embody nothing short of the possibilities of the human spirit itself. An unprecedented scandal, however, would rewrite both the Armstrong legend and Gibney's film. By early 2013, Lance Armstrong had admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs following a federal criminal investigation and an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Setting out to chronicle a comeback, Gibney's The Armstrong Lie instead emerges as a riveting insider's view of the collapse of one of the greatest legends of our time. Official Web Site

Filmmaker Letter

Filmmaker Alex Gibney says timing is everything when breaking through a lie


Alex Gibney


Lance Armstrong

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