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  • Post last modified:November 15, 2021

The Program


theprogramThe Armstrong Lie (2013) was a fascinating documentary that did something original; this biographical drama is disappointingly by-the-numbers. Not only is the story of how cyclist Lance Armstrong kept winning the Tour de France by being part of an advanced doping program unnecessarily rushed, making it hard for us to relate to any character (even the guy whoā€™s supposed to be a hero, David Walsh). But Ben Fosterā€™s dedicated performance is also compromised by too many scenes where Armstrong comes across like some bad guy in a cheap thriller.

2015-Britain-France. 103 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed byĀ Stephen Frears. Screenplay: John Hodges. Book: David Walsh (ā€œSeven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrongā€). Music: Alex Heffes. Cast: Ben Foster (Lance Armstrong), Chris Oā€™Dowd (David Walsh), Guillaume Canet (Michele Ferrari), Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Denis Menochetā€¦ Dustin Hoffman.



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