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The Kid Stays in the Picture

Based on Robert Evans’ autobiography, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE traces the rise and fall of one of Hollywood’s most legendary and admired producers with humor, honesty and an enormous amount of style.

Director: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Year: 2002
Time: 93 min

 The Kid Stays in the Picture
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Share this film. Give others the chance to take part of this story.

Read the book, The Kid Stays In the Picture. It fleshes out Robert Evans’ story to a greater extent, giving insight into his childhood and other aspects of his life that were not included in the film.

Think about the importance of taking opportunities – or offering them to others – in your life. What can you do to fulfill your potential or help others do so?

Write your own memoir – scars, warts and all – with an eye towards sharing, even if only with trusted people.

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Related Articles and Resources

Robert Evans: “I’m Still in the Picture”

In this Huffington Post interview, Robert Evans tells writer Greg Archer:

“Action generates inspiration. Inspiration rarely generates action. You gotta get in there. You gotta get into the ring. I believe in working smart – not hard.”

Wes Anderson Interviews Robert Evans About His Life and Career

The interview takes place after the film’s release, and after Robert Evans suffered a rather severe stroke.

Watch on The Charlie Rose Show.

Interview with the Filmmakers

Read the IndieWire interview with filmmakers Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen on their Robert Evans film.

Vintage Robert Evans: Hollywood Style

From the LIFE Magazine archive comes a collection of pictures of Evans at home in 1968. The style, grooming and decor is a true feast for the eyes.

During the making of “The Sun Also Rises,” producer Darryl F. Zanuck came to Evans’ defense when other cast members wanted him ousted by declaring, “The kid stays in the picture.” It was a defining line that stuck with Robert Evans for his lifetime.

Read more and see the pictures here.

The Godfather Wars

“It all began in the spring of 1968, when a largely unknown writer named Mario Puzo walked into the office of Robert Evans, head of production at Paramount Pictures….”

Vanity Fair looks back at the behind-the-scenes dramas over the making of the Godfather films. Mob run-ins, disputes between filmmakers, plus a wealth of wonderful photographs.

What does a Hollywood producer do, exactly?

Slate Magazine explains just what a film producer does – and doesn’t do.  You might be surprised by some of these.


Films that inspired or were inspired by the literary world.

Once in Love with Ali

Robert Evans’ third wife and love of his life, Ali MacGraw, reflects on her life, career, and fame.

“‘Every girl in America wanted to be Ali,'” says Robert Evans, who, the public shattering of their marriage notwithstanding, has been her dear friend for four decades.”

Read this wonderful feature article.


The renowned Roger Ebert gives the film a gushing yet intelligent review, saying,“It’s one of the most honest films ever made about Hollywood; maybe a documentary was needed, since fiction somehow always simplifies things.”


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