Warner Puts The Kid Back In the Picture Aug. 1915 May, 2003 By: Brendan Howard
The rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story of Hollywood producer Robert Evans comes to video from Warner Home Video Aug. 19 as the documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture.
The Kid Stays in the Picture is loaded with DVD extras, including commentary from the directors, interviews from others about Evans, and a gag reel. From the man himself, there are interviews with, and speeches from, Evans, as well as a complete story pitch -- only partially shown in the film -- that Evans made for a film that helped to turn the struggling Paramount studio around in 1970.
The film, which made $1.4 million in limited release, follows Evans' career. It starts with his discovery as an actor to star in Man of a Thousand Faces and follows his career his role as producer in turning around the fortunes of a failing Paramount in the 1970s. Evans' production success, though, and fast Hollywood lifestyle soon gave way to a divorce, a cocaine bust and rumors of his involvement in a murder. But Evans “stayed in the picture” with a new deal with Paramount in the 1990s. His most recent production credit is for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
HBO will air The Kid Stays in the Picture at various times between May 22 and June 29. The video version prebooks July 22, and is $27.95 on DVD and $22.98 on VHS.