ABOUT THE BOOK THE FILM IS BASED ON
Richard Moore’s book Slaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry between American Greg LeMond and Frenchman Bernard Hinault. The book recreates the 1986 Tour de France, a race widely considered among cycling’s historians to be the best ever Tour de France.
In Slaying the Badger, award-winning author Richard Moore traces each story line of the 1986 Tour de France to its source through innumerable interviews—not only with LeMond and Hinault in their own homes but also with teammates, rivals, race directors, journalists, sponsors, and promoters. Told from these many perspectives, the alliances, tirades, and broken promises divulged in Slaying the Badger build to the stunning climax of the 1986 Tour de France.
ALL WE KNOW ABOUT THE FILM
The American publisher VeloPress was not involved with the film production, though we are pleased to have enjoyed it and are happy to spread the word about the documentary film.
In April 2014, ESPN premiered the first-ever film production of the 1986 Tour de France at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film version of Slaying the Badger is an ESPN production. ESPN acquired the film rights from the book’s UK publisher, so VeloPress isn’t really involved (except that we’re big fans of the book, Richard Moore, Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and many of the fascinating characters in the book).
In response to many eager questions we’ve received, here’s what VeloPress has learned about the film. Please be aware that VeloPress provides this information as a courtesy to our readers; we’re not connected to the film, though we do hope it succeeds, especially if that helps us sell some more copies of the book we’ve published since 2012!
Q: Where can I see the film in the U.S., Canada, the U.K.?
A: ESPN broadcast the Slaying the Badger film on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8pm ET. ESPN has not informed us of its plans to release the film in the UK or Canada (If you live in the UK or Canada and know how to see the film, please tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.). As of spring, 2015, the film was available in these forms:
- as a DVD on Amazon
- through Amazon streaming
- on Netflix.
Q: How can I request a screening of the film?
A: Unfortunately, you can’t. ESPN has told us that they are “unable to accommodate any further screenings at this time.” We’re not sure why, but that’s what they’ve been telling us since June 2014.
Q: Is the DVD available yet and where can I buy it?
A: The Slaying the Badger film DVD became available in September 2014 on Amazon.com. On July 23, 2014, the film was released on Amazon Streaming. As of spring 2015, the Slaying the Badger film is available on Netflix.
Q: Where can I learn more about the film?
A: ESPN released information about the film in July, 2014. Here’s the film’s 30 for 30 page.