The Kid Stays in the Picture Reviews

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May 23, 2014
You hear so much about how producers screw with directors and mess things up, and then there's this side of it - Robert Evans - the good looking bastard smoothie who made some of the best pictures of the 1970s for Paramount. The movie highlights the period when he was married to Ali Mcgraw, but this guy is the very definition of "player". Entertaining character all around - street smart, business smart, and probably gave quite a few directors agita when all's said and done, and maybe I'll never hear about his *bad* decisions. I like the attitude though. He realized he wasn't that good an actor, and decided to be the next Darryl Zanuck instead.
May 4, 2014
walks a fine line between sobering and unbelievable but remains a great hollywood memoir, evans is a gifted raconteur whose career is the subject of tragic satire, a myth-making exercise with panache
½ November 13, 2011
- I've seen this documentary several times now, and I love it. Such a fascinating life that Robert Evans has led. He's responsible for some of the greatest films ever! Give this a watch!

- This is a very interesting documentary on Legendary film Producer Robert Evans who is responsible for making some of the biggest classics of the 70'2 including The Godfather, Chinatown and Love Story. This is a must for film loves...check it out!
April 24, 2014
Difficult to get used to the chatty voice-over and cheesy effects, but quite interesting once it gets going.
April 6, 2014
Exito, Fracaso, Escandalos, Sexo, Injurias y Tragedias. La vida de un productor de Hollywood.
July 27, 2013
Great documentary on the life of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans, who produced such classics as The Godfather (1 and 2), Love Story, Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown, as well as The Cotton Club and Marathon Man.

Narrated by Evans himself and based on his autobiography, the movie gives a great insight into what happens behind the scenes in Hollywood, and how careers rise and fall. Some of the anecdotes and incidents are quite amazing.

A must-see for anyone who is interested in the history of cinema, especially '70s cinema.
½ February 3, 2009
PR, spin doctoring, whitewash, damage control, the perpetuation of Hollywood's favorite brand of mythology, and self aggrandizement are the order of the day in this nevertheless highly entertaining auto-"biographical" documentary by and about, Robert Evans, who had one of the longest careers in the business. But people in the know from Paramount have a slightly different version of the events chronicled in this film, such as the Roy Radin murder, which Evans allegedly commissioned and paid for.

Fun nevertheless, especially if you like to believe that anyone can break into Hollywood show biz given the right amount of luck,
½ February 12, 2013
Stunning, a lot of stuff here to learn from, powerful documentary.
½ February 5, 2013
Robert Evans is so cool, he makes Fonzie, James Dean and Brad Pitt seem about as appealing as Urkel.
January 14, 2013
Fascinating time period in Hollywood.
Super Reviewer
June 16, 2012
"The Kid Stays in the Picture" is an engaging portrait of long-time Hollywood producer Robert Evans, whose headline successes included "The Godfather," "Love Story," "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown." The film is structured behind Evans' continuous narrative ramble, yet there's only the briefest flash of the contemporary man -- possibly, vanity about aging kept him offscreen. Instead, archived photos and clips emphasize his younger, dashing persona.

The lack of objectivity can be troubling -- the enemies Evans has made are not asked to testify. He does berate himself for a notorious drug bust and laments the commercial flop of "The Cotton Club," but he sidesteps other embarrassments such as his seven marriages (actress Ali MacGraw is the only wife mentioned) and the disastrous "Popeye" musical. He also liberally congratulates himself on a series of anti-drug TV specials titled "Get High on Yourself," which he humbly labels "the Woodstock of the '80s." (I personally have no memory of the show, and the clips look like horrid, saccharine kitsch. Hooray, Fonzie sings!) Elsewhere, it's puzzling that the making of "Chinatown" is casually glossed over, even though the film represented a volatile reunion of the Evans/Roman Polanski team that also birthed "Rosemary's Baby." And why no talk at all about "The Godfather II"? Hmm. But beyond these misgivings, plenty of interesting material emerges. For instance, I didn't realize Mia Farrow essentially chose "Rosemary's Baby" stardom over one-time husband Frank Sinatra, and that he served her with divorce papers during the shoot. It's also notable that Evans rejected the first cut of "The Godfather" (reason: sketchy storytelling) and pressed director Francis Ford Coppola to add approximately 50 more minutes. Obviously, that was the right call.

Make sure to sit through the closing credits for a hilarious, presumably improvised Dustin Hoffman outtake.
May 30, 2012
A fascinating look into one of the seminal movie executives of the late 20th century. His candor and honesty - and even a hint of humility - provides insight beyond the normal self-agrandizing documentaries of most industry players.
½ April 17, 2012
I was under the impression that Evans' life was a lot crazier than this tepid narration. Maybe the book's better.
½ October 27, 2008
Extremely inventive way of telling a story of a man. Pity I find it so hard to like Robert Evans and it makes Steve Mcqueen look like a jackass....which is odd.
½ February 5, 2012
Brilliant documentary detailing the extraordinary life and times of one of Hollywood's biggest movie producers. Evans' hard-boiled narration is both tough and heart-warming as he climbs to the top only to have the love of his life run off with the world' biggest movie star. Footage and animated photographs of the period only heighten the glamorous, sleazy and captivating world of the 60s and 70s. Recommended. .
January 21, 2012
If we were making a Mt. Rushmore of Colossal Blowhards, Bob Evans would be the Abraham Lincoln of that monument. A supremely entertaining look inside one of the biggest players in the Hollywood scene in the 70s and 80s, it runs the gamut of the human emotional roller coaster, and gives insider information about the production of some of the biggest and best movies of all time.
½ December 18, 2011
The life story of film producer Bob Evans is really fascinating.
September 2, 2011
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