The Program

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6.51 h 43 min2016X-RayR
An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
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Stephen Frears
Starring
Ben FosterChris O'DowdJesse Plemons
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SportsDrama
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Raphaël BenolielTim BevanLiza ChasinOlivier CoursonEric FellnerAmelia GrangerRon HalpernMatthieu RubinTracey Seaward
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Momentum Pictures
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3.9 out of 5 stars

1170 global ratings

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nmartistReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
On the nail
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Well done. The casting was excellent. I thought the scene where an older lady cancer survivor has him sign her book and tells him he’s why she’s alive, his courage to fight. He can’t look her in the eye. Armstrong has a cycling store in Austin, Texas. He displays all seven of his jerseys, prominently. What a hypocrite and pathetic sleaze. BBC interviewed him in 2015, in the store. Cyclists were crowding into and out of the store. The film is called “The Road Ahead,” and he is just as cocky and unapologetic as ever. Even on the Winfrey show he was lying. Why anyone would want to give him a single cent of their money is amazing.
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Barry J.Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ultimately, a real loser in just about every imaginable way
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Any time you imagine that something is just staggeringly, wonderfully, amazingly, spectacularly terrific, remember this particular piece of deceit, maybe before getting too far along with that whole new thing in your head. Lance Armstrong is the cycling equivalent of Bernie Madoff, and I personally believe that both their asses belong in jail. At some level, I really don't give much of a damn what happens to either of them, but it DOES seriously irritate me to imagine what Lance must have been telling his wife that allowed her to go ahead with that whole Overhaulin' charade. Everybody deserved better than to be involved in his life in any way. Sorry Sheryl, you deserved better than to be duped by this guy. You, too, Chip. And Bernie - well, there's really no way to properly express the contempt I feel for him. It's kind of hard to really comprehend what must have been going on with either or both of them to have made their actions even remotely understandable. What a drag.
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NSMYReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lance is still 7x TDF winner
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Doesn’t matter what you losers say.
Lance trained the hardest, had the best equipment, the best team, the best coach (director sportif), and yes - the best methods.
But EVERYONE who was anyone (95% off the peloton) was doping. Lance just beat the Europeans at their own game.

You don’t just dope and magically become the best. Lance trained harder than anyone. This is why he won.

Go cry a river elsewhere
Jean GReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Thoughtful and powerful
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As an avid cyclist, I enjoyed this movie tremendously. It provides a good inside look at the dark side of professional sports, whether it's cycling, baseball, football, track and field. Ben Foster did an outstanding job of portraying Armstrong, as did the actor who portrayed Landis. I would have liked to see more interaction with Tyler Hamilton, who was also a major player in the whole mess. I thought the story line moved along well, with powerful flashbacks. It's hard to fathom that most of the cycling community was involved in the cover-up, from coaches, doctors, delivery men,, massage therapists, spouses, to the riders themselves. Wow. Lots to think about. I highly recommend this film.
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jakeflake316Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Narcissistic Portrayal
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"The Program" portrays Lance Armstrong as a Narcissistic villian, which might be true, but I don't know if he was quite as evil as depicted here. I'm sure the chronology is factual, and, as we now know, there was quite the doping system in place on the US Postal Cycling team. But all of cycling was involved in this systemic abuse of performance enhancing drugs, not just Lance and USPS. While he deserves some if not all of the criticism he gets, he still rode the bikes, and in a cheating world, he still won. Would he have won if everyone were clean? No one will ever know.
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CherylReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fall From Grace
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Definitely gave me a clearer understanding of the doping situation in cycling and how Armstrong's desire to win created an enticing urge for him to continue using banned substances. It also shows how quickly these "celebrities" get caught up in the need to win. The strength he showed going thru his cancer fight was inspiring. If he could have applied that same driving force to his sport, I think he could have accomplished anything, even w/out the drugs.
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Michael W. NebabReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ben Foster Is RIDICULOUSLY Underrated
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Ben Foster is the most underrated actor of his generation---and here he gives his maturest, deftest performance yet. He's always had an intense presence (sometimes too intense---i.e., overacting) but here he demonstrates great self-control and confidence in addition to skill. He's every bit as talented as his more successful, more famous peers; Michael Fassbender? Claire Danes? Oscar Isaac? Amy Adams? Eddie Redmayne? Jessica Chastain? Tom Hardy? Eva Green? ...EVERY bit as good.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch "Stop At Nothing" Also
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Well done docudrama but watch the documentary, "Stop At Nothing" to fill in the gaps and see the lies directly from the horse's mouth. It really is an amazing story in many ways.
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