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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 ... 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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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

Gross USA:

$1,439,232

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,521,593
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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: There are three sides to every story: Your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.
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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 »

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Edited from Barefoot in the Park (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Written by Julia Ward Howe (as Julia Howe) and William Steffe (as William Steffee)
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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Absolutely Fascinating
12 January 2007 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

"The Kid Stays in the Picture" is a must-see for any person who's interested in movies and their making. This funny and exciting documentary tells the larger than life story of Robert Evans, "discovered" by Norma Shearer swimming in a hotel pool in 1956, who went to become a ham actor and soon afterwards, an extremely successful producer, who took Paramount studios from 9th to first in Hollywood in less than a decade. The man behind legendary films such as "The Godfather", "Chinatown", "Harold and Maude", "Love Story", "Marathon Man" and "Rosemary's Baby", Evans dated beautiful women (he was once married to "Love Story" star Ali MacGraw) and was obsessed with his goals (and he often succeeded, being responsible for some of the biggest hits of his time), what turned him Hollywood royalty and voted the world's most eligible bachelor. With one scandal involving his name, drugs and a murder, though, his career was ruined and he lost almost everything he had. But he came back, and "The Kid Stays in the Picture" explores his fascinating saga with the witty, cynical narration of Evans himself, never being too self-indulgent. Evans himself admits he was no angel. But then again, who is? Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" deserved to win the Best Documentary Oscar back in 2002, but the absence of "The Kid Stays in the Picture" among the nominees is more outrageous than Evans' story itself. 9.5 out of 10.


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