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“One of the years’ best films”

BBC.COM

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Thriller, Sport

104 min

2015

Stephen Frears

CTC

synopsis

From Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) comes the incredible true story about the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong.

When Lance Armstrong fought back from life-threatening cancer to win the 1999 Tour de France, it seemed almost too good to be true. It was. Journalist David Walsh was one of a small group who was prepared to raise awkward questions about Armstrong’s seemingly superhuman feats. And so began a 13-year battle to reveal the truth that finally ended in October 2012, when the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour victories for using performance enhancing drugs, and banned from the sport for life.Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster (Kill Your Darlings), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), this tense thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered, and how a few brave people fought to save a sport they loved from corruption.

cast:

Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman, Lee Pace, Denis Ménochet, Edward Hogg

crew:

John Hodge, David Walsh, Tim Bevan, Olivier Courson, Eric Fellner, Ron Halpern, Matthieu Rubin, Paris Tracey Seaward, Kate Solomon

fan quotes:

"Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong film is dope, actually" 4 Stars - Catherine Shoard, The Guarian

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