The Kid Stays in the Picture
Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Robert Evans
Directed by: Brett Morgen, Nanette Burstein
Running Time: 84 minutes
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Release Date: 17 June 2013
The Kid Stays in the Picture is an autobiographical look at the rise and fall of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans.
Robert Evans was an actor as a child but went into the fashion business with his brother. While sitting by a pool actress Norma Shearer approached him and asked if he would play he late husband in a movie called Man of a Thousand Faces, he accepted and while he was not a great actor he decided he was much suited to being a producer.
Having never produced anything before he needed to get his foot in the door so he bought a book that he could turn into a film and with his charm, confidence and approach managed to land himself a suite of offices and a 3 movie deal off the back of it.
After a newspaper article appeared about him he was summoned to a meeting at Paramount Studios and was offered the job of Head of Production even though he had never produced anything, he was only 34 with only a couple of acting roles to his name. He eventually saved Paramount from going out of business.
This film follows his life story including his marriage to actress Ali McGraw, who he called Snot Nose McGraw (she later ran off with Steve McQueen), getting involved in DEA drug bust when he tried to buy pharmaceutical cocaine, being implicated in a murder investigation to his banishment from Paramount and eventually being rehired.
Overall, this is a very interesting documentary and a Hollywood producer who came from nowhere to become head of one of the world’s biggest film studios and how it ruined his marriage, got him involved in drugs and sent him tumbling down into depression only to come out stronger.
While not normally a subject matter I would watch, I did find it very interesting and enjoyable and would recommend it.
Available to buy on DVD and Blu-Ray from 17 June from Fabulous Films here.