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½ February 5, 2016
The life and career of Robert Evans as told by himself. This is more of an audiobook with achieve footage and photography than a documentary in the true sense. While Evans is willing to admit some of his failures, he's also his own biggest fan, and you find yourself wondering if his version of events is entirely how others involved would remember it. All that said, the story he spins is a fascinating one, and there is no doubt that he played a part in bringing to the screen some of the biggest films of the 60s and 70s - from Rosemary's Baby, to Love Story, to The Godfather, to Chinatown. Whether he is right to take as much of the credit as he does for these hits is open to question, as is the Evans' account of his legal difficulties and career decline. He doesn't absolve himself for all blame, but you sometimes wonder if there is more to the story than he is letting on. It would be interesting to see an alternative documentary from the point of view of some of the others involved. All in all, it's a compelling yarn about Hollywood's second golden age, told by someone who had a front row seat. Definitely worth watching, although maybe worth taking with a little pinch of salt.
April 26, 2015
Boring and hard to understand...
½ February 10, 2015
Nicely done but intrinsically boring
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.
½ April 26, 2014
- 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 July 21, 2013
Went into this knowing nothing about Evans except the films he had a hands in. By the end, like most of Hollywood, I was charmed. Engaging and creatively cobbled together: this documentary is worth a look for fans of Hollywood, Paramount pictures or charismatic real-life characters.
LittleMissBloodAndGuts
Super Reviewer
½ May 14, 2013
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 6, 2013
This was an interesting documentary/biography. Robert Evans narrates this film about himself; from discovery, to the height of success, to his embarrassing public demise and finally his return to the industry he loves. What makes this doco work is that Evans has led such an interesting life, it doesn't matter if you've never heard of him before (although you're sure to have heard of some of the films he produced - The Godfather, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby) you are drawn into his incredible story after being plucked from obscurity at of all places a hotel pool.

To add to his entertaining life story the documentary is visually enticing. Where there is a lack of video material in some instances the screen is filled in with photographs animated and brought to life, newspaper headlines from the period, movie clips, news reels but most annoyingly, footage of ponds and leaves and his empty loungeroom and bedroom - it is at these points that it feels as though they are almost grasping at straws, but luckily Evans narration distracts you long enough.

I quite enjoy the technique of using photos to animate a story and it is done particularly well here. Highly recommend this doco to those interested in Hollywood, the unseen world of film and those who enjoy watching interesting biographies.
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.
½ June 9, 2012
loved the book, putting together private photogs and excerpts makes for a worth watching documentary...that is if you love behind the scenes hollywood past and present.
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 21, 2012
Well crafted doco on an interesting life.
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