Review Date: August 17, 2002
Director: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Writer: Brett Morgen
Producers: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Robert Evans is the Narrator
Francis Ford Coppola
As interesting as this man's life obviously was (and I use the term "interesting" with no specific "good" or "bad" connotation), I really wanted to get other people's perspectives on him as well. What exactly was it about him that had two different people "discovering" him within six months? How did Ally McGraw really feel about him and how does she get along with him today? (or their son, for that matter) And how did the talent that he worked with over the years feel about him? (only Coppola got a word in here, and not a particularly good one either-the two went to court over THE COTTON CLUB at some point). Evans' deep voice was also difficult to decipher at points, leading to mucho straining of the eardrums. The whole thing did move along pretty swiftly though, and it's definitely put together in a really entertaining manner (video clips, photos, newspaper clippings, songs, etc...). I guess that I just wanted to hear more sides to his story, but alas...t'was not to be. Having said that, it's still a pretty absorbing recap on the tumultuous life and times of this very lucky/unlucky gentleman as well as a nice behind-the-scenes retrospective on some of the bigger flicks from the day (the Sinatra phone call and Evans' subsequent meeting with Mia Farrow about her part in ROSEMARY'S BABY was especially memorable). Oh yeah, one other thing that this picture did was to re-confirm something that I'd believed for years but finally concretized once and for all, and that is that Jack Nicholson is...one class act! PS: Stick around for the end credits because you will see one of the funniest impersonations that you're ever gonna see by actor Dustin Hoffman. Neat.
Note: Some cool quotes from the flick include: "Luck doesn't just happen, it's when opportunity meets preparation." and "Any man who thinks that he can read the mind of a woman is a man who knows nothing." Touche!