The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Director: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen Cast: Robert Evans

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The Kid Stays in the Picture

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2014
UPC: 0025192095764
Original Release: 2002
Source: Universal Mod
Presentation: [Colorized]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 78,983

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The Kid Stays in the Picture 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate to be easy and give a film 5 stars, but I found The Kid Stays in the Picture very interesting and enjoyable. My only complaint is that the film isn't longer and there aren't more extras on the DVD. The extras we get are good ones, I especially liked Dustin Hoffman's speech for Evan's lifetime achievement award. I look forward to watching this DVD again, and now consider getting the book or audiobook for the 'extras.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evans accomplishments in the film industry are beyond dispute, the means he employed to achieve his success a bit murkier. In the main body of the film he refers to only his marriage to Ali Mc Graw among the DVD's bonus features is a video Valentine to a woman (a former Versace model) he'd recently married. The marriage lasted five months, and as part of the divorce settlement she was asking for $35,000. monthly spousal support. Just four days, prior to this review, Evans had, in Cabo San Lucas, married for the seventh (7th) time he is now 75, his bride some thirty odd years younger than he. This news was largely disregarded by the mainstream media...maybe the Kid's fading out of the picture? A must see for serious students of Hollywood history. Not five stars because the only point of view expressed is that of one man, it would have been sharper with some counterpoint.