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The Program 2015 15

103 mins France Director. Stephen Frears

Acclaimed director Stephen Frears (Philomena) delivers a kinetic account of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s inexorable rise to near canonisation and his subsequent vertiginous fall from grace. Structured around the laudable attempts of journalist David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd) to uncover the truth, the film charts Armstrong’s tumultuous journey, from his initial soaring successes to the shattering cancer diagnosis and subsequent attempts to maintain his dominance in the sport at any cost.

With a deft screenplay by John Hodge (Trainspotting) and superb race photography from Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech, Room), The Program is a dizzying and dynamic sprint through a life story too dramatic to be fiction.

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Directed by

Stephen Frears


Jesse Plemmons

Guillaume Canet

Chris O'Dowd

Ben Foster


Drama Biopic


Cycling On Film Pedal Power Based on the Book… Festival Favourites


15 strong language, use of performance-enhancing drugs







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