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The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

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Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

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Robert Evans (book), Brett Morgen (screen adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Evans ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Albert ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Bart ... Himself (archive footage)
Charlie Bluhdorn Charlie Bluhdorn ... Himself (archive footage)
William Castle ... Himself (archive footage) (as Bill Castle)
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself (archive footage)
Catherine Deneuve ... Herself (archive footage)
Charles Evans Charles Evans ... Himself (archive footage)
Josh Evans Josh Evans ... Himself (archive footage) (as Joshua Evans)
Mia Farrow ... Herself (archive footage)
Errol Flynn ... Himself (archive footage)
Ava Gardner ... Herself (archive footage)
Karen Greenberger Karen Greenberger ... Herself (archive footage)
Ernest Hemingway ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Hiller ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

This documentary captures the life story of legendary Hollywood producer and studio chief Robert Evans. The first actor to ever to run a film studio, Robert Evans' film career started in 1956, poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel. His good looks, charm and overwhelming confidence captured the eye of screen legend Norma Shearer, who offered him a film role. After a glamorous--but short-lived--career as a movie star, Evans tried out producing. 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, he was responsible for such revolutionary films as The Godfather, Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Odd Couple, 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 rumored involvement with the Cotton Club murder, he disappeared into near-obscurity. Only through ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Success. Scandal. Sex. Tragedy. Infamy. And that's just the first reel... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some brief violent and sexual images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kölyök képben marad See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,087, 28 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,434,436, 6 October 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title comes from a line attributed to studio head Darryl F. Zanuck. Several of the actors involved in the film The Sun Also Rises (1957) (as well as author Ernest Hemingway himself) had insisted Evans be removed from the cast. Zanuck refused: "The kid stays in the picture! And anyone who doesn't like it can quit!" See more »

Goofs

The closing credits say that Evans has been at Paramount for over 35 years, "more than any other producer on the lot." However, A.C. Lyles has been with Paramount for 75 years (as of 2003), though he is no longer actively producing. See more »

Quotes

Robert Evans: Any man who thinks he can read the mind of a woman is a man who knows nothing.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits include 1976 footage of Dustin Hoffman doing an impersonation of a future Robert Evans of 1996. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stuck on You (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Love Story
Written by Francis Lai
Courtesy of Famous Music Corporation and Paramount Pictures
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A REAL-LIFE CITIZEN KANE
30 July 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE (2002) **** Fascinating and wildly entertaining documentary by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen on legendary Hollywood film producer Robert Evans – based on his notorious best-selling autobiography – of his rise from poolside discovery by Norma Shearer as a fledgling B actor to his successful climb atop Paramount Studios upper echelon and responsible for green lighting many of The Golden Age of the Seventies blockbusters (i.e. `Love Story', `The Godfather', & `Chinatown' to name three) to his disdain as an industry pariah involving cocaine and murder. Evans' unique sangfroid mixed with charm, chutzpah and a movie lovers' contempt for those who ‘just don't get it' wields a strong hold in his story and the wonderful cinematic ingenuity of making photo stills into diorama-like animation is used smartly as well as allowing its subject to pontificate without utterly destroying his self-made rakish image. One of the best indie docus down the pike in some time and a valentine for those who like their gossip with popcorn.


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