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The Kid Stays In the Picture (2002)

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Release Date
 USA: Jul 26, 2002
 UK: 7 Feb 2003
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 19, 2003
BoxOffice: $1.3M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and some brief violent and sexual images.

Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country USA

Studio Highway Films, Ministry of Propaganda Films

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Genre: Documentary, Biography, Hollywood, Drugs, Showbiz

Tagline: The Story Of A Man Who Seduced Hollywood.

Plot: The Kid Stays in the Picture traces the meteoric rise, fall, and rise again of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans. Adapted from Mr. Evans's tell-all autobiography, the movie takes the audience on an intimate journey into the mind of this Hollywood legend.

Robert Evans lived the life that many only dream of. His film career started in 1956, at the oddest of places: poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel. His good looks, charm, and overwhelming confidence captured the eye of screen legend Norma Shearer. She offered him a role in the picture "Man of a Thousand Faces." After a glamorous, but short-lived, career as a movie star, Evans decided to try his hand at producing. Miraculously, at the age of 34, with no producing credits to his name, he landed a job as chief of production at Paramount Pictures. Evans ran the studio from 1966-1974. During his tenure, Evans was responsible for bringing some of the greatest films of the era to the screen, including "The Godfather," "Rosemary's Baby," "Love Story," "The Odd Couple," "The Conformist," "Harold and Maude," and "Chinatown."

By the early '80s, the "Golden Boy" of Hollywood was losing his luster. After a failed marriage to Ali MacGraw, a cocaine bust, and, finally, a rumored involvement in the "Cotton Club" murder, Evans

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 External Reviews
external linkThis fabulously amusing and beautifully crafted documentary about legendary producer Robert Evans is like a delicious and personal photo album of Evans' storied career and personal travails, warts and all. 4/4

external linkBased on the autobiography of the same name by Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture presents all the vital information found in the novel in a bland, unappealing format that feels like the film equivalent of a book-on-tape.
--David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews)

external linkThe action is presented in a skillfully assembled collage - using archive footage, magazine covers, and animated photos. 3/5
--Nev Pierce (BBC Films)

 Directed by
Nanette Burstein
On the Ropes
Brett Morgen
On the Ropes, Everybody Hates the Phone Company, Addiction, Inc.
 Written by
Robert Evans
Chinatown, The Saint, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Brett Morgen
On the Ropes, Everybody Hates the Phone Company, Addiction, Inc.
Robert Evans
Man of a Thousand Faces, The Sun Also Rises, The Best of Everything
Francis Ford Coppola
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, A Decade Under the Influence
Mia Farrow
Rosemary's Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dustin Hoffman
Rain Man, Finding Neverland, Meet the Fockers
Ali MacGraw
The Getaway, Love Story, Convoy
Roman Polanski
Chinatown, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Repulsion
Ernest Hemingway
To Have and Have Not, The Killers, For Whom the Bell Tolls
 Music By
Jeff Danna
Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Silent Hill, The Boondock Saints

external linkA witty, funny, wildly entertaining, and often poignant look at the last man to truly control Tinseltown. 83/100
--Derek Smith (Apollo Guide)

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