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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Evans (February 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571219314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571219315
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Major movie producer Evans, self-described "bad boy of Hollywood," sums up his lifelong personal style succinctly in his memoir's last line: "Resolve: Fuck 'em, fuck 'em all..." Chronicling his high-drama life, Evans paints a riveting, self-promoting picture of his 30-year career in the film industry, from his 1956 debut in Man of a Thousand Faces to his lengthy stint, beginning in 1967, as the head of Paramount Pictures, where he oversaw the production of such cinematic hits as Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple; Goodbye, Columbus; Harold and Maude; Rosemary's Baby; The Godfather; Love Story; and Chinatown. In a predictably confident, often feisty tone, Evans describes his rise, fall and what he calls his recent return to the upper echelons of Tinseltown power, as he recalls personal encounters with, and memories of, such show-biz brand names as Errol Flynn, James Cagney, Jack Nicolson, Mia Farrow, Mike Todd, Francis Ford Coppola and two of his wives, Ali MacGraw and Phyllis George. Offering a real insider's view of Hollywood, Evans's memoir is easily worth the price of admission.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“The best Hollywood memoir I’ve ever read!” (Michael Fleming, Variety)

“A naughty, outrageous, and wild ride--and perhaps the best Hollywood memoir ever written.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Don’t even try to put it down.” (Janet Maslin, New York Times)

“The book plays like a raunchy, randy Hollywood fairy tale about a prince who lost it all only to win it all back through pluck, charm, and persistence. . . Is it a good book? Try great. Enduring. One for the ages.” (Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club)

“[An] incendiary and candid memoir.” (Huffington Post)

Top Three Greatest Hollywood Tell-Alls (Entertainment Weekly) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is the sort of book that you pick up and cannot put down until you have read to the end.
Michael F. McPartlan
Anyone who believes the suits in Hollywood don't have an impact on the pictures they produce will have their world turned upside down by Evans's tell-all.
Justin Kownacki
In "The Kid Stays in the Picture", legendary movie producer Robert Evans tells the story of his tumultuous but undeniably exciting life.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wellen on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Bob Evans. What a guy. I must admit I loved this book. It is pure gossip and not exactly Dickens. But, Evans is completely honest and his own harshest critic. He tells fantastic stories (was there a woman in Hollywood he did not date between 1950 and 1980?). He takes responsiblity for the many, many mistakes in his life and spins fantastic yarns. Toward the end, it can be a bit annoying reading about how once again, he made the right choice and get railroaded by justice, but at the same time, you care about him. Those amazingly honest stories (particularly about his destruction of his marriages--the story on Phyllis George is a hoot) make the book even more interesting. A must read for film fans and anyone interested in one of our more fascinating Americans. Who else would tell stories about Jack, Warren, and Henry Kissinger? It ends in 1994, before his stroke and bizarre 10 day marriage to Catherine Oxenberg (and his highly medicore movies of the last 7 years or so); but that is nomatter. You'll want to hang at Woodland with Evans by the end. You might even be using "the kid stays in the picture" as your own mantra. Then again, maybe not. Just find a copy and read it.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kirk R. Jones on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Is this the best book ever?
Not a chance.

Will you enjoy it?
You bet your ass.

Does Robert Evans skip over the embarrassing details of his life?
Sure some of them.

Does he talk out of both sides of his mouth?
Yeah well who doesn't.

Does he say he isn't about to talk about his sexual escapades then say he is sure he "scored" better than Warren Beatty?
Yeah.

Is the audiobook they way to this book?
Absolutely.

Does Evans do credible impressions of Jack Nicholson, Cary Grant, and other Hollywood figures?
I have to say yes.

Does he like to ask rhetorical; questions then answer them?
Yup.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
In "The Kid Stays in the Picture", legendary movie producer Robert Evans tells the story of his tumultuous but undeniably exciting life. The son of a Harlem dentist, a teenaged playboy, Evans was the man who put women in pants -Evan Piccone pants- before he ever set foot in Hollywood. A chance meeting by the pool at the Beverly Hill Hotel in 1956 made him a hot young actor. 10 years later, the failed actor without even a high school diploma was head of production at Paramount Pictures. Under Evans' reign, Paramount went from dead last number nine to the top studio in Hollywood, producing some of the 1970s most memorable films: "Rosemary's Baby", "Chinatown", and "The Godfather", and "The Odd Couple". Then things got bad. Then things got worse. But Robert Evans remains in the picture in Hollywood.
Robert Evans' account of his personal and professional up and downs strikes me as an honest one. He certainly doesn't spare himself criticism or hide his faults. He was a good producer and a terrible businessman. He was blessed with extraordinary luck, a lot of talent, and a gambler's lack of discipline. Like most autobiographers, Evans takes this opportunity to blast his enemies and praise his friends. Francis Ford Coppola is on the receiving end of Evans' wrath. Considering that Evans knew everybody who was anybody in Hollywood at one time, and considering the length of this book, I'm surprised he doesn't blast more people. -Well, he does, but not as thoroughly. The only criticism I have of Evans' writing style is that he doesn't include many dates. Evans doesn't tell his life story in chronological order. It reads well and is easy to understand. But trying to place the events in order in one's mind can be difficult.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne Grogan on September 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written stream-of-thought autobiography. However, his hip, Hollywood way of expressing himself was akin to being in a betting parlour listening in on a bookie's conversation, or a mob boss speaking. His life is one I would not want to be a part of with no rules, back-stabbers galore, people who don't keep their word and have no loyalties (for the most part). His life is a life that he seems to love, with all its highs and lows, women coming and going, nothing long-term and never wanting something lasting. He is a crass, mostly unfeeling individual who lives among sharks, and is one of them. It was a very telling book on the creeps that live in his world.......in my opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A reader from Philadelphia. on December 12, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
In many biographies, the authors try to explain why they were mis-judged and cast stones on the people making the accusations. Well, Robert Evans does some of that. But, to his credit, he casts dispersions on himself for his mistakes. Evans is a billiant producer, and when you listen to this book in his signature gravely voice, complete with expletives, you'll walk away (or drive away if you're listening in your car) with an incredible understanding of how Hollywood works. And...with some good advice for life in general. "You don't learn from your mistakes. You learn from what you did right." It's the kind of book you want to listen to more than once.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon Morgan on July 6, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
This recounting of an amazing life story reads like fiction - and Evans has the voice for it. Every anecdote has you wide eyed in amazement - the tapes last 6 hours and not for a minute are you bored.
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