The Kids Stay In The Picture: The compelling story of a true legend, The Kid Stays in the Picture, a critically-acclaimed documentary film of the life and career of famed Hollywood producer and studio executive, Robert Evans, will be available on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video (WHV) August 19. The Kid Stays in the Picture will be available at $27.95 SRP for the DVD and $22.98 SRP for the VHS.
Heralded as "one of the funniest and most telling films of the year" (New York Times), "a must-see film" (Washington Post) and "compulsively watchable" (Rolling Stone), The Kid Stays in the Picture is "one of the most honest films ever made about Hollywood" raves Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. The film has also been featured on Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten list of Best Movies of 2002.
Adapted from his tell-all autobiography into a show-all movie, The Kid Stays in the Picture traces the meteoric rise, fall and rise again of Evans and takes the audience on an intimate journey into the life and mind of this award-winning Hollywood legend.
Since having its world premiere at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, The Kid Stays in the Picture has received accolades and recognition from such prestigious groups as the Boston Society of Film Critics (Best Documentary Award), Seattle Film Critics Award (Best Documentary), the National Society of Film Critics (Best Non-Fiction Film nomination) the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Best Documentary nomination) and the International Press Academy's Golden Satellite Awards (Best Documentary nomination). In addition this year, Evans has been honored with the Producers Guild of America David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award, International Press Academy's Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry and the Larry King Foundation's Spirit of Life Award.
Robert Evans lived the life of which dreams are made. His film career started in 1956, poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel. His good looks, charm, and overwhelming confidence captured the eye of screen idol Norma Shearer, who immediately offered him a role in the film Man of a Thousand Faces. After a glamorous, but short-lived, career as a movie star, Evans decided to try his hand at producing. At the age of 34, with no producing credits to his name, he landed a job as chief of production at Paramount Pictures, at a time when the studio was teetering on the brink of financial collapse. During his tenure from 1966-1974, a flood of commercially and artistically successful pictures followed. Under Evans' control, Paramount released some of the greatest films of the era including The Godfather, Love Story, Rosemary's Baby, The Odd Couple, The Conformist, Harold and Maude and Chinatown.
Evans basked in the golden glow of his success, hosting legendary parties at his lavish Beverly Hills mansion attended by his closest friends Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Roman Polanski, Henry Kissinger, and Dustin Hoffman. Long considered one of Tinseltown's most enduring bachelors, Evans has enjoyed meaningful love affairs with some of the most beautiful women of the past half-century, including Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Ali MacGraw, Cheryl Tiegs, Raquel Welch, and Margaux Hemingway. The Kid Stays in the Picture shares gripping anecdotes about Evans's unusual friendships and follows the thread of his tumultuous love life.
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 disappeared into near-obscurity. Now, having survived nearly five decades in the movie business and only through tremendous will and uncanny luck has he once again risen as "the kid who stays in the picture."
Narrated by Evans in his distinctive voice and storytelling manner, The Kid Stays in the Picture is directed by Academy Award