The Kid Stays In The Picture details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Robert Evans (Pres, Narr)|
|Directors:||Brett Morgen, Nanette Burste, Nanette Burstein|
The Kid Stays In The Picture
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Sep 2003|
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Stranger than fictionBy Philip Concannon from London , 05 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Robert Evans was just a ladies underwear salesman when he was spotted by Norma Shearer and cast in 'The Man of a Thousand faces'. Within a few years he was the most successful producer in Hollywood having revived the ailing Paramount studio with films such as 'Rosemary's Baby', 'Love Story' and 'The Godfather'.
How Evans did this is explored in this superficial but hugely entertaining adaptation of his autobiography. Mixing archive footage with well presented still photographs, this is a glossy and slick affair. Evans himself provides the gravelly-voiced narration and clearly relishes telling his tale. As well as his successes we see Evans' pain at losing wife Ali McGraw to Steve Mcqueen and his calamitous stumbling from one disaster to another in the 1980s, But Evans rose again and lived to tell the tale.
While not containing as much information as the book, the film packs enough into it's 90 minute running time to make it worth seeing. 'The Kid Stays in the Picture' is simply a good story, well told. That's something Evans knew the value of more than most.
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not enough hooker/coffee table stuff going on but entertaining enough certainlyBy bobarctor (3 reviews) , 26 Oct 2013some interesting things regarding 70's and 80's films. Respect for hooking up with Ali. YOU MADE FILMS, YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND YOU HAD A SWEET PAD TO LIVE IN. Conragts, if there's a scorecard yours will be fairly up there. My only thing about the film? i would have liked to hear more about his predelcitions for hookers defecating over his glass coffee table while he watched lying under it
Cinematic Story TellingBy SteveBent (99 reviews) from Tring , 01 Dec 2009Considering this whole feature is made up of (computer enhanced) zooming in on still photographs and clips of other films set to a single voice-over, this is a surprisingly deep & cinematic story.
The depth of the main character is wrung from every line of the script. That the narrator is the star, the writer and the subject is all to Bob Evans credit. The guy knows story-telling, he knows movies, he knows how to spin a good yarn.
Movies about Hollywood are often unsatisfyingly shallow and self serving but this autobiography cum documentary cum parable is a riveting ride.
I loved this film. I was amazed quite how much I loved this (I'll say it again) 'stills and voice-over alone' film. An Epic in all but cast.
Intersting enough...By JimiTheSaint (61 reviews) from London , 08 Jul 2009But the presentation and style is someone lacking... one droning voice with a series of pictures and footage from the surrounding events makes this not only a little one sided but very hard to follow. Had trouble keep up with it and also awake!
Read the bookBy hardtoplease (31 reviews) from London , 03 Mar 2008Well some times you just have to accept the fact that the books better. This is one of those cases.
One major problem for me also is half the time I couldn't understand the mumbling voice over.Move on.
worth a rentalBy a customer from surrey , 13 Nov 2006well done documentary with clever editing and footage