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The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

Cast: Robert Evans
Director: Brett Morgen, Nanette Burstein
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Film
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Robert Evans' rise from second-string actor (who really was discovered while lounging by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel) to head of one of Hollywood's biggest movie studios is told from the viewpoint of Evans himself in this documentary, adapted from his autobiography (and featuring Evans' own narration). In 1957, Evans had already achieved success in the garment business when actress Norma Shearer spotting him at poolside and suggested he should play her late husband, legendary producer Irving Thalberg, in the movie Man of a Thousand Faces. While Evans knew he wasn't cut out to be an actor, he discovered he liked the movie business, and after becoming a film industry executive, Evans was named head of production at Paramount in the late '60s. Under Evans' leadership, Paramount produced such classics as Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, and The Godfather. He also married actress Ali McGraw; however, McGraw left Evans for Steve McQueen after they starred together in The Getaway. After leaving Paramount to become a producer (and racking up hits like Chinatown and Marathon Man), Evans' golden touch began to elude him; an arrest for drugs seemed to put an end to his career, until he made a comeback as a freelance producer in the 1990s on such films as Sliver and The Saint. Part of the narration for The Kid Stays in the Picture was drawn from the book-on-tape version of Robert Evans' autobiography of the same name, which featured Evans reading his own work; the audio book has developed a cult following of its own, and legend has it Dustin Hoffman based his performance in Wag The Dog on Evans' reading style on the tape. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A truly unique film by WZoller July 22, 2004 - 3:36 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The filmakers along with the subject have created a wonderful viewing experience by combining creative visual technicques along with a semi-autobiographical documentary on the subject. Critics of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 may say that the viewer is only being treated to Robrt Evans' version of his life, but that fact is pretty blunt as Mr. Evans does the narration (very well). The movie itself brings up a lot of unanswered questions about his journey (both the highs and the lows), which hopefully are addressed in his book of the same name. The extras on the DVD are interesting as well.

One of the best Doc's I have seen. by ABrooks July 12, 2004 - 1:21 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is not just a documentary, it is a little piece of Hollywood history. Robert Evans has had one of the most amazing careers in Hollywood. Heck, one of the most amazing career's period! This movie is packed with behind the scene's stories from movies like "Rosemary's Baby", "The Godfather", and "Love Story". Evans himself is the narrator of the film giving you the feeling of the kind of man he is and was. This movie has a real honesty you don't get much of in Hollywood. It plays like a narritive film, a documentary and a romance all rolled into one. It is super enjoyable to watch. Have fun!

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