The Program

The Program

DVD - 2016
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An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during his 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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matcat44
Jul 17, 2017

Very well done. I only rembered bits and pieces, so this movie brought it all together.

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beardieowner19
Jul 01, 2017

I really enjoyed this - well done movie -good cast - love Chris O'Dowd (reason for watching this) - I used to feel sorry for Lance Armstrong....not any more - but sad for what his legacy could have been if he wasn't such a douche.

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jimg2000
Apr 02, 2017

Armstrong's incredible story felt good and inspirational at first but sounded too good to be true to a journalist. Through the years, heard of his confession on Oprah a few years ago (link in "Videos") and read about his blood doping, but not on how Armstrong pulled off the scheme, which was a sophisticate and highly structured doping program supported by equally guilty sponsors, coaches, athletes, and medical specialists. While performance enhancement drugs were used in all sports, and in cycling well before Armstrong began his career in the early 1990s, what made Armstrong case unusual was how he was able to deny and fend off most skeptics for over a decade and that his incredible success was entirely contributed to hard work, determination, team spirit and vigorous training program despite of his good but not great genetic aerobic capacity (VO2 max) of 84 (see "Quotes".)

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gillythebetter
Mar 12, 2017

More than just a story of corruption, this movie really shows the intensity of performing on the world stage. Great insights into the team aspects of what is - on the surface - an individual sport. The movie forces you to keep up because not everything is fully explained. Great fun. Oh and there is a scene with Dustin Hoffman and Chris O'Dowd. What more could you possibly want?

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 09, 2016

The story of Lance Armstrong's rise to fame with the help of performance-enhancing drugs and the efforts of one journalist to show the world the truth, THE PROGRAM is one of the films I most anticipated watching this season. Articulated with a coy wink-and-nod fashion, Ben Foster plays Lance like a champ. He plasters on the smile and works his survivor persona for the public; he even works hard but, at the behest of his trainer, he reinforces himself for fear of being innately weak, a loser born with a low lung capacity. Chris O’Dowd, famous for his comedic turns in THE IT CROWD and BRIDESMAIDS, takes a more serious route as he portrays the investigative journalist David Walsh who becomes infuriated at the deceit that runs rampant in the cycling game. David knows he has a doping scandal on his hands, but no one is buying what he's selling as Armstrong fanaticism peaks. The support for Lance is at a manic high, so it seems impossible that the Livestrong hero could be anything but genuine. You can almost believe from Foster's stellar performance that Lance thinks he is doing the right thing, towing the party line and keeping his mouth shut. He personally wants to promote this clean image, but his lying and his threats handed out willy-nilly to anyone who dares to interfere borders on pathological, all to uphold this facade. The more he wins, the more entitled he becomes. Like many before him, his tragic flaw is hubris. Alas, omertà doesn't last forever. Although I presumed the film would center more on Walsh's Ahab-esque hunt to skewer his white whale, THE PROGRAM focussed more on the yellow-clad racer's experiences. The result? While not the film I expected, THE PROGRAM was still a great watch for anyone with an interest in investigative news reporting, cycling and the sports industry in general, or simply fairness and justice. I would recommend it.

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ilovewhippets
Oct 30, 2016

A well-done, very captivating, interesting movie, based on the True story of the professional life of Lance Armstrong! Very well-acted! It is about the Rise and Fall of this athlete!
I wish there was a bit more about his personal life, but that would have probably made the movie too long!
The only thing that was a bit hazy, at the end, when Lance did confess and came clean about his drug use, the impact on his personal, public life, etc.. So many people looked up to him! (Like he said, he told them what they wanted to hear!) How did he recover from his downfall? Or did he recover?
He did abuse his power while on top.. Was he ever humbled?
I recommend this Movie wholeheartedly! Make sure to watch the Bonus section, also!

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Happy_24
Oct 11, 2016

Better than I thought it would be. Worth a look.

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jimg2000
Apr 02, 2017

Now, when I'm out there physically, I'm not more gifted than anybody else.It's just this... desire... this hunger. My mam didn't raise a quitter and I would never quit. And that's heart, man, that's not physical. It's not legs. It's not lungs. That's heart. That's soul. That's just guts.
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A lot of the riders, they describe the Tour as a journey, an odyssey into pain and suffering and endurance, an almost religious experience. Eventually you arrive at a point of enhanced self-awareness.
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What's your V02 max?
-84.
What does that mean?
-It's my maximum oxygen consumption.
Literally, yes. But what it really means is that you were born to lose. When your compatriot, Greg LeMond, won the Tour de France, his V02 max was 93. So in a straight race between you and a man like him, you will always lose because he delivers more fuel than you.
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This is the program. Testosterone patches. You wear one at night... every two out of three days. Micro dosing. Ten units per kilo intravenously ....

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 09, 2016

“As much as I like the tour, I have no interest in going up the mountain to watch chemists compete.”

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 09, 2016

“He is single-handedly turning your sh**ty little Eurosport into a globally significant brand.”

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 09, 2016

“We're a cycling team selling our bikes to pay for drugs.”

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